Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

DVD - 2016
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When a foster child and his adopted uncle go missing in the wild bush, they must learn to survive together despite their differences.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2016.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
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Mar 14, 2018

Amusing, delightful, silly, comedic, yet, a heart-wrenching film! Good, interesting story and wonderful cinematography! The nature scenes of this island are amazing and beautiful! The main lead, a teen boy, Ricky, is superb in his role! He has a talent and I hope to see more of him in the future films!
This is an obviously low-budget film, but does deliver a good, entertaining film!
The only criticism, I do not know why it was necessary to have a bloody, disturbing killing scene of a wild boar, though! That alone had made the film unsuitable for the younger viewers, even though the butchered boar was not shown, (but all the blood on her face was!). Perhaps, it was to show the discrepancy of a loving, kind woman and her practicality in obtaining food from the wild, her turning into a sudden savage!? The only comedic moment in that scene was the boy falling into a faint due to shock!
Aside from that scene, this is a good comedy with a message about families and caring, and not giving up even on those that the society has given up on!
This story is worth to watch more than once just to get all the nuances!

Library_Jill Mar 06, 2018

A young man in the foster care system in rural New Zealand unexpectedly finds a true home, but when tragedy strikes he flees into the Bush in an attempt to hold onto the only family that has ever felt real to him. I love Sam Neill, and this was a unique role to see him play. Plenty of quirky humor and New Zealand accents, with a surprising amount of feeling.

VaughanPLAlison Feb 26, 2018

Absolutely delightful. Hilarious, touching and a great cast. Director/Writer/Actor Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) does it again!

LPL_MargoM Nov 14, 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a phenomenal film full of the heart and humor director Taika Waititi does so well. The film follows Ricky Baker, a child in New Zealand's foster care system who must adjust from his city life to a life in the bush. The screenplay walks the perfect balance between light, humorous, and heart wrenching. I found this film quotable, comforting, and perfect for rewatching. If I was only able to watch films from a single director for the rest of my life, Taika Waititi would be on the very top of the list. If you enjoyed the new Thor film I would highly suggest giving Hunt for the Wilderpeople a watch...or twelve.

Oct 17, 2017

Great movie. I would have never seen it if it were not for my friend who recommended it to me and I'm glad he did. Very funny and a good drama. I would recommend it.

Sep 11, 2017

My partner and I really enjoyed this movie. Full of charm and some humour, with a serious side too it. Took awhile to realize that the main adult of the film was Sam Neill, from the Jurassic Park films, whom was very good in this quirky but enriching story. Recommended.

Aug 23, 2017

This movie started off interesting but fell flat about 10-15 minutes into it. I was very disappointed.

AL_ALISON Jun 30, 2017

A lot of fun. The character of Ricky is absolutely hilarious, and he is a joy to watch. You can definitely feel the influence of Wes Anderson through the set direction and pacing. A great light movie to watch with friends and family.

Jun 06, 2017

I'm amazed how many people liked this movie. I gave it up as a dead loss.

Jun 04, 2017

I couldn't stand the background music, so I was watching it on mute. Spoiler alert if you haven's seen it: Then the first tragedy struck, and it was too much for me. I fast forwarded, and (Another spoiler alert:) knew the second one would happen because it always does when there's an animal in the film.
I stopped watching at that point and had no desire to see the rest of movie. I hope, after all the pain, it had a good ending.
It's hard for me to believe that anyone actually thought the film was funny. Nor do I think it's appropriate for kids (and that's not because of the marijuana but because the boy and man go through too much pain. If kid viewers are being encouraged by their families to laugh at these events, I have to wonder about their own families.
The only positive comment I could make is that the scenery is often beautiful; but then, of course, it's New Zealand. The writers, director, or producers can hardly be given credit for that. I would give them credit for nothing. It's not the fault of the actors, either; they did the best the could with so little to work with by way of plot or script.

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Oct 15, 2017

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Oct 17, 2017

Violence: Some hunting violence and a bloody scene used to comedic effect.


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Dieu_D Dec 22, 2016

"Faulkner is cauc-asian" - well, they got that wrong because you're obviously white.


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