Willy's Wonderland

Movie review by
JK Sooja, Common Sense Media
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Silly, gory fight against evil is violent; language, drugs.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Do what's right. Look out for one another.

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

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.  

Sex

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?"

Language

Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "damn," "pr--k," "p---y," "balls," "hell," and "fatty."

Consumerism

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. 

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byatt612 April 6, 2021

it's fanf

like say same thing are bad but this was a GOOD MOVIE LOVE IT
Adult Written byEmmagiggly April 3, 2021

Not for the faint hearted

Way too much sex that serves no real story purpose. Extremely violent.
Teen, 17 years old Written byVrylx February 21, 2021

Entertaining, NOT for children.

Willy’s wonderland is a good movie to watch for adults and older teenagers. There is a LOT of violence with blood and gore. There is also a sex scene, but nothi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byEverydayYouGay February 20, 2021

What's the story?

In WILLY'S WONDERLAND, a man's (Nicolas Cage) car breaks down just outside a small town. The town authorities say that they never got the internet and there's no cell phone service, so would the man mind working it off? The man agrees to clean up an old family fun play place, the kind with animatronic creatures that sing and dance. If the man cleans up the place, they assure him that his car will be ready in the morning. Unfortunately, the man doesn't know that the animatronic creatures are inhabited by the dead evil spirits of serial killers. But what they don't know about the man might be more terrifying than anything.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in horror movies. How would you characterize the violence in Willy's Wonderland? How does the violence compare to the violence in other movies you've seen that are similar?

  • Why do you think the character of the Janitor didn't speak? Do you think this was a good decision? What would this movie look like if the Janitor spoke?

  • What do you think of the sheriff and her actions? Do you think she deserves her end, or something else? Why?  

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