Free Birds is Anything but Family Fun
- Monday, November 04, 2013
When the ending finally comes it's just dumb, and an egregious example of product placement, to boot. And don't get me started on "The Great Turkey" who is anything but holy. As Reggie is fond of pointing out, "There's no such thing as The Great Turkey," and nothing resembling moral values, either. What is here is a fair amount of name-calling, bullying, violence, and foul behavior from both man and fowl. Unless you're up for indigestion and demands from little ones to keep turkey off your holiday table, cross Free Birds off your movie menu.
- Drugs/Alcohol: None noted.
- Language/Profanity: Some name-calling (“idiot” and the like); pilgrims use "bloody" and "bleeding" as profanity.
- Sex/Nudity: The turkeys keep their feathers on but there’s a lot of close-ups of turkey behinds waggling their tails and discussions about “glutes”. A kiss is intimated just off screen between turkeys. (Since they don’t have lips, kissing must be tricky for turkeys.) Reggie is mistaken for a female turkey due to his lack of masculine physique.
- Violent/Frightening/Intense: Turkeys and humans alike are often in mortal danger. There are deaths of both people and turkeys, the latter probably too sad for small viewers. Turkeys are shown being taken off to slaughter. Plenty of chase scenes and fighting, especially turkey-on-turkey tussles. One turkey slaps another.
- Spiritual Themes: One turkey claims to have been chosen by “The Great Turkey” but another is scornful that any such deity exists. Rightfully so, as it turns out, but the underlying message is that there is no God and anyone who believes differently is stupid.
*This Review Published 11/4/2013
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