Parents' Guide to

Woody Woodpecker

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Awful live-action/animation has cartoon mayhem, potty humor.

Movie PG 2018 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 7+

Colourful, fun, entertaining

For some reason this showed up as a 12 on Amazon. This should be a PG. My 7 y/o girl really enjoyed it. Theres nothing bad in it. No sexualised characters or inuendo. There si mild threat when the bad guys try to shoot Woody with tranquilisers but this is probably OK for age 7 and up. Its definately not a 12.
age 6+

Couldn’t finish it

My son got grumpy watching this movie because everyone was so nasty to each other. He said “It was kind of frustrating, a little bit funny, and really annoying.” I agree! There was a lot of silly cartoon violence, and destructive behavior. There was some talk early on about a Dad who didn’t want to spend time with his son and didn’t want to “watch” him, even tho they were divorced and he never saw him. It might have gotten better in the end, but we couldn’t make it that far.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (29 ):

Inanely cruel villains, an unoriginal story, ham-handed performances, and reliance on farts and burps are the low lights of this awkward effort to bring back a less-than-engaging cartoon bird. The filmmakers' efforts at "homage" are restricted to naming the adult lead "Lance Walters" (Walter Lantz, get it?). Woody Woodpecker (2017) has none of the cleverness, satire, or appealing characters associated with Looney Tunes, The Muppets, and other surviving franchises from decades earlier. Other than a nice performance from Graham Verchere, whose down-to-earth Tommy seems to have stepped in from another movie, there's little to recommend.

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