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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
The Janitor doesn't hesitate in killing the possessed animatronic monsters that have terrorized the town for years. Liv shows bravery and courage fighting for her friends and what is right over safety, like going back into Willy's Wonderland to save the Janitor when everyone else didn't want to.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of blood and violence. Some gore. Many scenes show a man beating animatronic monsters to grisly deaths. He rips an alligator's jaws apart until its head hangs bloody, lifeless. He beats, hits, kicks, bashes in other monsters with pipes, large sticks, chairs, bare hands. Machine parts spark and fly off, but lifelike dark oil-looking "blood" flies everywhere. He kills a gorilla monster by curb-stomping his head and teeth into a urinal. He rips a monster's head clean off, twice. A young woman stabs a frog-girl monster many times. A pixie-girl monster gets hit, run over, crushed by a car. People also die grisly deaths as they try to escape the evil monsters. Children, teens, adults are hunted, killed. A man gets decapitated by a monster with a sword. A boy is clawed by animatronic Willy the Weasel. Other teens are eaten alive. Sometimes, intestines and "insides" are shown as victims scream in pain. Monsters say things like, "I'm going to eat your eyes," while stalking and chasing down their victims. A teen gets run through by a sword. A woman gets cleaved in half completely. Two men in a car burn to death after it explodes. The monsters often lose their robotic movements when they kill and are being killed, which heightens the already high sense of fakeness, because once monsters start moving, the people in masks and costumes behind the monsters are easily visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman in a skirt and underwear is shown from below as she walks up a ladder, showing her backside. A teen takes off her shirt, revealing her bra and cleavage. Two teens go to a room to make out and have sex. Clothed, they have sex with the girl on top. Romantic kissing. A girl animatronic monster asks a teen, "Wanna f--k?"
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Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "damn," "pr--k," "p---y," "balls," "hell," and "fatty."
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Products & Purchases
Film clearly capitalizes on recent success of video game series Five Nights at Freddy's, but it isn't affiliated with that product so it has to stay clear of even mentioning the new genre of game that Five Nights at Freddy's greatly helped to create. Nevertheless, for many viewers, this film can easily increase the desire to play games in this genre, including Five Nights at Freddy's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens light up a marijuana joint and smoke it. Some jokes about being high and growing weed. Adults smoke cigars. A man drinks energy drinks and gets energized each time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Willy's Wonderland is an action-horror comedy starring Nicolas Cage. He plays a man who gets stranded in a small town and needs to work off his needed car repairs. The town authorities point him to Willy's Wonderland, a defunct children's play place for birthday parties and events full of broken-down animatronic characters that include a turtle, a bird, a knight, a pixie fairy, and a weasel. They tell him that if he cleans the place up, his car will be ready in the morning. But little does the man know that these characters have the spirits of serial killers inside them, come alive, and devour people. Expect lots of grisly but ridiculous violence, death, and gore, and lots of blood throughout -- both animatronic and human. Many scenes show Cage going wild with "Cage Rage" on these animatronic creatures, beating them up, ripping them apart, and killing them in brutal and creative ways with a steady methodical ease. Plenty of other scenes show humans dying, getting stabbed, impaled, decapitated, clawed to death, eaten alive, disemboweled, cleaved in half, and burned to death. Two clothed teens have sex on the floor in a private room. The girl is shirtless, wears a bra, and shows some cleavage. There are some light sexual jokes and drug reference jokes about marijuana. Teens smoke marijuana and adults smoke cigars. Strong language throughout includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "damn," "pr--k," "p---y," "hell," "balls," and "fatty." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The unserious but seriously played drama in this horror-comedy is paced quickly, revels in its violence, and showcases Nicolas Cage's "rage" in notably fun and playful ways. While it's not a great movie by any means, Willy's Wonderland takes advantage of a novel concept and delivers straightforward, goofy, gory action. Thematically, this film closely resembles the Five Nights at Freddy's video game series, except here, Willy (a weasel) is the leader of the terrifying and homicidal animatronic bunch of creatures instead of Freddy (a bear). The main character, the Janitor (Cage), doesn't even speak a word, which mirrors how video game main characters often don't speak themselves in video games. Even further, Cage's character methodically and mechanically takes breaks at dedicated intervals, just like a video game might do. These nods are for fans of the genre, and many will appreciate the silly parallels.
But of course, there are logical flaws, and questions mount throughout like, "Why is he locked in the building?" and "Why don't these teens just fight back?" and "Why is Janitor not thrown at all by animatronic creatures coming to life?" Indeed, the Janitor simply goes about his work, cleaning up the place, hilariously killing murderous animatronic monsters along the way. This movie is definitely not for everyone, but some older teens may be amused.
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