Parents need to know that "The Angry Birds Movie" is a loud, silly, sometimes crude - and sometimes funny - animated film based on the popular app. The main character, Red (Jason Sudeikis), is truly an angry bird: He tries to exist in polite society, but his bad attitude won't let him, so he's forced into anger-management class. As you might expect, there are plenty of scenes of birds being kicked, punched, and hurled through the air, as well as explosions. Eggs are stolen from their parent birds and put in peril, and their parents are visibly upset. There's also some drinking (out of coconuts, etc.) and few sexual situations/innuendoes (which will likely go over many kids' heads), including an unpleasant Peeping Tom scene. Language includes "idiot," "weirdos," quite a few "butt" jokes, and cursing stand-ins like "pluck my life." Although there's only one main female character, the movie has some messages about taking responsibility and not judging others. But mostly its goal is to be funny - putting it squarely in the category of movies that kids will like and parents will tolerate.
WHAT'S THE STORY
Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is a lonely bird with a terrible temper. He loses his cool and ends up in anger-management classes, where he meets a group of misfits: Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph) and Terence (Sean Penn). When their tranquil island of flightless birds is invaded by green piggy explorers, it's up to the birds to get in touch with their anger and save the day.
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There's a little bit of a moral about being inclusive, but that's not why this movie was made: It's about angry outbursts, birds catapulting through the air, and big explosions. Still, for a movie based on an app, "Angry Birds" has a lot of story to it. You'll learn why the birds are so angry and what led to their ongoing war with the green pigs. It takes a while to get to that war, but once it does, the movie has plenty of action.
And while this certainly isn't the best animated buddy comedy, it's also not terrible. The animated world that's been created is fun to look at, and there are some funny scenes _ although a good bit of it is rude humor. The cast is really good, especially Sudeikis, Rudolph and Gad (who's more or less doing a slightly edgier version of Olaf). The setup is a little slow, but the end is all action. And you don't need to know anything about the game to understand what's going on. Bottom line? Little kids might find it too loud, with too many pratfalls and explosions, and parents might find it a little annoying. But elementary-schoolers who know the game will be entertained.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 7 and older
Quality: 2 out of 5
Positive messages: 3 out of 5
Positive role models: 2 out of 5
Violence: 3 out of 5
Sex: 2 out of 5
Language: 2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 2 out of 5
Consumerism: 2 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Theatrical release date: May 20, 2016
Cast: Kate McKinnon, Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis
Director: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
Genre: Family and Kids
Run time: 146 minutes
MPAA rating: PG
MPAA explanation: rude humor and action
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