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Furry Vengeance also known as “Deu a Louca nos Bichos,” “Puzzole alla riscossa,” “Reine Fellsache”

MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking.

Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
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Primary Audience:
Kids Family
Genre:
Family Action Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
2010
USA Release:
April 30, 2010 (wide—2,800+ theaters)
DVD: August 17, 2010
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Relevant Issues
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Animals in the Bible

Bear

Wolves

Mice

Plants

Goodness

Goodness of God

Environment

Should Christians be concerned about Earth’s environment? Answer

What is man’s responsibility to the environment? Answer

How might rain forest destruction affect our weather? Answer

Paradise

Paradise in the Bible

Eden

Millennium

Heaven

Paradise or Pain? Why is the world the way it is?
Why is the world the way it is? If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving, would He really create a world like this? (filled with oppression, suffering, death and cruelty) Answer
For kids
Kid Explorers
Adventures in the rainforest! Learn about the Creator of the universe by exploring His marvelous creation. Fun for the whole family with games, activities, stories, answers to children’s questions, color pages, and more! One of the Web’s first and most popular Christian Web sites for children. Nonprofit, evangelical, nondenominational.
Featuring: Brendan Fraser (Dan Sanders), Ken Jeong (Neal Lyman), Brooke Shields (Tammy Sanders), Matt Prokop (Tyler Sanders), Angela Kinsey (Felder), Rob Riggle (Riggs), Skyler Samuels (Amber), Toby Huss (Wilson), Samantha Bee (Principal Baker), Jim Norton, Ricky Garcia (Frank), Alexander Chance (Security AL), more »
Director: Roger Kumble
Producer: Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Participant Media, Summit Entertainment, Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Brendan Fraser, Terri Goddard, Keith Goldberg, Molly O'Keefe, Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

“He came. He saw. They conquered.”

Dan (Brendan Fraser) is a real estate developer who has uprooted his family for a year to head up a project (Rocky Springs) for his boss, Lyman. The move is only temporary, but his wife Tammy (Brooke Shields) and son, Tyler (Matt Prokop) are not happy or supportive. Dan and his family are living in the first completed house in the project. It is a beautiful house sitting in the middle of a forest. Lyman bills themselves as ECO friendly and a “green” company.

As the work crews build other houses, it becomes apparent that the wildlife in the area have no plans of moving from their beautiful woodlands. When a raccoon hears of Lyman’s plans for Stage Two of the project, which includes leveling the forest, the animals plan revenge on Dan. The animals “attack,” in various ways, and Dan becomes obsessed with getting even. Tammy doesn’t believe the animals are attacking and thinks her husband is going crazy.

The language in this movie is pretty tame, with one hell, d—n, and various words such as stupid. At one point, Tammy says to Dan “I’m married to a lunatic,” and Dan says (after getting sprayed with the sprinkler) “Check out Mr. Pee-Pee Pants.” He also makes reference to a leech in his no-no zone.

The slapstick comedy in this movie is over the top. Tyler shows Dan a picture of a dead person with a rattlesnake on top of him. Dan falls on the roof onto his crotch. He chases a raccoon in only his underwear. Several times Dan is sprayed by skunks. A raccoon pees on Dan’s face, bites him, sets up a roadblock which forces Dan off the road, a gopher plays Whac-A-Mole with people, the animals set up a strategic attack plan (think “Home Alone”), etc.

Dan is forced to wear his wife’s spandex warm-up suit, which is too small and has the words YUM-YUM across the buttocks region. As Dan is walking in the suit, you can clearly see the outline of a thong. There are several times men are seen in only their underwear (all non-sexual). Dan accidentally has his wife’s bra on. A girl is shown with short running shorts. The ending scene depicts cast members as various music video stars.

There is a drug reference: Dan drinks Mushroom Sleepy-Bye Tea, and, while sleeping,s has bizarre (hallucinations) dreams. Someone is shown smoking a cigar and throwing it in the forest.

There is a reference to Indians (people from India) and someone makes some tasteless Native American comments. A teacher makes a comment about a senile teacher regarding tenure.

I truly am amazed at the “green” movement. Huge corporations put the word green in their title or redesign their logo and make it green colored, and they think they are eco friendly. Humans continue to believe we are in control. We doubt the existence of God and then wonder why people don’t take care of what God created. We think we have the power to “save” or “destroy” and leave God out of the picture. Psalm 24:1-2 states,

“The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.”

As we recognize our Creator, we begin to realize the value of all He created and take better care of the Earth and all its inhabitants, both people and animals.

This movie is just dumb. It really isn’t funn—just cheap, slapstick humor. I would not waste my time seeing it. My 7 year old said “it was okay.” This movie definitely preaches the “save the forest and the animals” message. It is aimed at young children and depicts cute adorable animals only wanting to save their world. If you don’t think your children are ready to hear this message, avoid this movie.

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—This was a funny film that I was happy to watch with my 11 year old son. Some parts were slow, but, overall, the movie was light-hearted and fun. The animals were funny, and you have to take this movie for what it was (just a break from reality). In a fallen world, it was good to laugh at some clean funny jokes and animal humor. Hollywood can make some pretty vulgar movies with several bad words and other stuff. This movie has heart and good feelings. I recomend it for all ages. Even the adults. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—John, age 37 (USA)
Positive—I have seen a lot of poor ratings for this film. I completely disagree. When I saw the film, I was prepared for a Green push. I loved it. I gave it a moral quality of good: If you ignore the environmental tree hugging part, you see the father is a good man, the wife it not going behind the husband’s back, the teenage boy is pretty typical. The panoramic views were beautiful. I laughed the entire time! Brendan Fraser is a natural-born hoot! He knows how to be funny without being dirty.

I really don’t understand why Brendan Fraser has not been in more movies. He is really really funny. Ricky Garcia, the assistant contractor is also a very enjoyable comedian, and needs to be in more movies. It was a great get out the stress movie. I would have chosen a better ending, but hey nothing is perfect. The biggest criticism by others is that it is slapstick. I say so what! If you like “Home Alone,” “Airplane,” etc., you like slapstick. I will buy it for our permanent collection.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Clarity, age middle (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—I saw this movie today with my wife and 5 kids, ages 4 through 10. The animation was not top shelf, and many of the woodland creatures, while wearing funny expressions, looked too much like puppets when they moved. The plot was shallow and not well thought through. But the sight-gags were too many too count, and my kids howled with laughter through most of the movie.

As to negative content, I heard God’s name used in vain once, as well as one epithetical utterance of “hell,” and a “son of a…” (unfinished). The construction foreman (a supporting character) is effeminate. There is also too great a focus on potty humor.

When the lead character has all of his clothing stolen by animals, he dresses in a woman’s pink jogging suit with the words “Yum Yum” across the seat. The film takes great care to focus on his posterior, to show that he is obviously not wearing any underwear. Between that and the same character’s later scene in which he loses his pants in an outhouse and comes out wearing wet underwear, I was embarrassed that my daughters had to see that. There is also a long scene where the main character (a man) inadvertently wears nothing but a red bra in the sight of all the construction workers (he is only visible from the waist up. At the end, the main character’s sixteen-year-old son is dancing on-screen in his underwear.

Other theme problems include a wife not believing her husband, a husband allowing his boss to force him into changing his family’s major future plans without consulting his wife, a disrespectful teenage son whose parents who don’t have a clue how to raise him. I’d like our forty bucks back, please, and no, we won’t be getting the video.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Ben Stephenson, age 41 (USA)
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Comments from young people
Positive—I will sum it up as this; if you are in need of a fun, clean family comedy or just need to turn your brain off for an hour or so, “Furry Vengeance” wins, PAWS down!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Emily, age 12 (USA)