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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Taika Waititi

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About the Movie

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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97%
  • Reviews Counted: 176
  • Fresh: 170
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Its] sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Dec 29, 2016

Fresh: A lopsided gem full of off-kilter humor, hard truths and real emotion. Great for preteens and up. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jul 7, 2016

Fresh: Hunt for the Wilderpeople is all about life-changing moments and the people who are the catalysts. It's about learning from those around you, regardless of age or circumstance. – Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 8, 2016

Fresh: Waititi looks for humor in quirks of character and degrees of stubbornness, and the natural challenges of Crump's wilderness journey generate a succession of belly laughs onscreen as the gruff old man scraps with the loudmouthed kid. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jul 7, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Inspiring

This movie was purely enchanting. Hilarious and heartbreaking. Sweet and offensive. You'll be happy you spent the time with this one.

YES

the best

Hilarious with a Heart

While WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was one of my favorite movies of last year, HUNT is a whole different affair altogether. This showcases the maturity of Waititi as a Director and gives me faith that his gig on THOR 3 was a really smart choice by Marvel. HUNT harkens back to those classic summer adventure comedies from the 80's and 90's -- it's hilarious, rooted in reality, with amazing performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. You'll notice yourself smiling throughout. It's a geniuine keeper!