Reviewed by: David Cook
The negative effects of stereotyping people / prejudice / prejudging
Setting: Los Angeles, California in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals co-exist
Entertainment films that promote some basic biblical values
A gang of notorious, criminal animals who are exposed and arrested
About ROBBERY in the Bible
Thieves in the Bible: theft, robbery, the two thieves
What is SIN AND WICKEDNESS? Answer
A bad guy wolf who repents and reforms, becoming a crime fighter
Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.
Hypocritical politician who secretly does evil deeds
Does character matter in political leaders? Answer
What part should morality play in politics? Answer
What is JUSTICE? What does the Bible say about it? Answer
How can I know what is RIGHT or WRONG? Answer
How can I DISCERN whether a particular activity is wrong? Answer
Doing good feels good—it is what we were created to do
Importance of self-control and patience
Self-sacrifice and sharing
Putting the needs of others before our own
For a follower of Christ, what is LOVE—a feeling, an emotion, or an action?
Sam Rockwell … Mr. Wolf (voice)
Marc Maron … Mr. Snake, safe-cracking Eastern brown snake (voice)
Awkwafina … Ms. Tarantula, aka “Webs” and “Mata Hairy” (voice)
Craig Robinson … Mr. Shark (voice)
Anthony Ramos … Mr. Piranha (voice)
Richard Ayoade … Prof. Rupert Marmalade IV, a pompous guinea pig philanthropist (voice)
Zazie Beetz … Governor Diane Foxington, a red fox, aka “The Crimson Paw” (voice)
Alex Borstein … Police Chief Misty Luggins (voice)
Lilly Singh … Tiffany Fluffit, news reporter (voice)
Barbara Goodson … Old Lady (voice)
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This film is based on the book The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.
What animal scares you the most?
Add a piranha and a wolf, and you have the main characters of Dreamworks’ newest animated feature “The Bad Guys.”
Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell—“Moon,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) has always been viewed as a bad guy by those around him. I mean, it’s true. Every storybook villain seems to be a big, bad wolf.
Well, after a lifetime of these presuppositions, Wolf has embraced this villainous reputation along with his team of bad guys—Mr. Snake, Mr. Tarantula, Mr. Shark, and Mr. Piranha. Together, they torment their city with a life of crime. They are outcasts to the world around them, clash with each other, but they remain each others’ only friends. It’s not a perfect life, but they have accepted it.
During their most recent heist, Wolf finds himself in the most unexpected place—helping an elderly woman. She doesn’t view him as a tyrant. She doesn’t see him as scary. She sees him as her hero. Wolf has never been viewed this way, and it makes him feel…well…good. Now, he wonders, could all those assumptions about him and his friends be wrong? Could they, instead, be “good” guys? This leads to a journey of personal realization that results in some crazy twists and turns as they try to achieve something special—Change.
“The Bad Guys” is the feature directorial debut of Pierre Perifel, who had previously worked with franchises like “Kung Fu Panda,” “Curious George,” and “.” He’s made a beautiful film that resembles last year’s “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” and the critically acclaimed “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” However, where those films are a constant assault on your senses, “The Bad Guys” takes moments to slow down and let the audience breathe. Its sense of humor will reach kids with its silliness—like a snake wearing fake arms to blend into a crowd, and it will reach adults with its parodies of films like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Pulp Fiction.”
Even with its silliness, “The Bad Guys” examines some serious topics. At one point, Wolf meets the Mayor, who happens to be a fox. He is a criminal, and she is a successful community leader. Though their lives are polar opposites, she reminds him, “At their core, foxes and wolves aren’t that different.” It reminds us to never judge a book by its cover, and it strongly urges us to consider the needs of others over ourselves as it says in Philippians 2:3-5 NLT:
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
This is a family film, and it is quite family-friendly. There is some animated action, crimes, and about a million mind-controlled guinea pigs—many of whom meet their demise. There is a prop that looks like a butt, and it is referenced frequently by the characters. One character has bad gas that impacts the story a couple times, but there is very little objectionable material in this film.
The positives outweigh the negatives, and I think “The Bad Guys” has a very poignant moment. A crowd is praising the main characters that were once considered evil and scary, but one brief instance causes the crowd to lose faith in them again. It shows that they never truly trusted those characters, and I doubt they ever will. It was a very honest moment in an otherwise playful family film.
Who is the only one who can truly change a bad person’s personality to good and righteous? Answer: Jesus Christ
What is GOODNESS? Answer
What is RIGHTEOUSNESS? Answer
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
PLEASE share your observations and insights to be posted here.
Yes, there can be a connection with kids who watch and enjoy the movie with the gospel. We are made in God‘s image and do find joy when we act selflessly. The disconnect is the humanistic idea that some people are intrinsically good and just need help to discover it. Others are intrinsically evil but try to act good when it’s to their advantage. The second group is obvious but the first group I would contest is not reality, But popular culture.
The overall moral rating as average to above average is probably accurate and three to four stars for movie quality for kids… Probably two or three stars for most adults. I am glad we rented and did not buy!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3