Free Birds: movie review (PG)

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Animation

Free Birds

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Thu Oct 31 2013

Reggie (Owen Wilson) is the smartest gobbler in his flock. He knows his fellow turkeys are being fattened up for human consumption come November, though his dim-witted brethren are content in their ignorance. Fortunately, fate puts our hero in the path of a muscular birdbrain (Woody Harrelson) with a magic doorknob that leads the duo to a time machine, which takes them back to the very first Thanksgiving where they proceed to…

You might as well just make up the rest yourself; it will prove infinitely more satisfying than sitting through this laugh-free stab at an animated alterna-holiday classic. The target audience may be the kids who’ll stare goggle-eyed at any low-rent Pixar knockoff, but the purported humor and reliance on nonsensical plot twists—how do you squeeze the President of the United States into this story?—are pure stoner. To call this a turkey would be an insult to poultry.

Follow Keith Uhlich on Twitter: @keithuhlich

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Release details

Rated:

PG

US release:

Fri Nov 1, 2013

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jimmy Hayward

Screenwriter:

Jimmy Hayward

Voices:

Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, George Takei

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