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Free Birds

ages 5+ | 53 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Pardoned by the president, a lucky turkey (Owen Wilson) named Reggie gets to live a carefree lifestyle, until fellow fowl Jake (Woody Harrelson) recruits him for a history-changing mission. Jake and Reggie travel back in time to the year 1621, just before the first Thanksgiving. The plan: Prevent all turkeys from ever becoming holiday dinners. Unfortunately, the two birds encounter colonist Myles Standish (Colm Meaney), out to capture feathered friends for all the hungry Pilgrims.

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Genre: Animated , Children , Family

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Rated PG Some Action/Peril|Rude Humor

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 5+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Fun for kids but adults may not enjoy this film. Some perilous scenes when the turkeys are in danger and one of them does not make it out.

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  • (Male)

    ages 4+ | Worth Your Time

    We saw this movie with three grandchildren, ages 10,6, and 4. We all loved it! The four year old is usually quite fidgety during movies, but this one held her attention, and had her laughing a number of times.

    I read a review earlier today, and based upon the review, wondered if I really wanted to see it, even though we had committed to the grandkids, but not a problem. Grandpa loved the movie too!

    The movie was entertaining and very inventive! I have never seen a movie quite like it! It was interesting to see the time machine, and how it was used. It had a virtual voice, and actually became a character in the movie.

    There were many positive virtues that were portrayed. Reggie was kind of scrawny, and although he was a thinker, he wasn't one that you would picture as a hero, but in the end he became one. Jake was very macho, and one that you would think would be a hero. He shared a hero role with Reggie, but he stood out, because he had an endearing virtue to "never give up."

    Other things that made the movie for me: (1) You don't have to be perfect to love. The example would be Reggie and the female turkey from 1621, who had a less than perfect left eye. (2) It's important to stand up for those less fortunate, who need your help. The example is the flock of turkeys from 1621. Reggie and Jake could have left them to their own resources, and saved their own hides, but instead, they lead the flock to victory.

    I would recommend this movie to families, and even grandpas who have children's movies as one of their guilty pleasures!

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  • (Female)

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    This 3D animated feature is a clever and amusing movie that is fitting for the entire family.

    It is a tale about two very different turkeys who oddly enough become pals and travel back in time to save their feathered friends from being the main course at the first Thanksgiving dinner. Just like in any movie they face some obstacles along the way that thank goodness, bring a lot of laugh out loud moments!
    Even though this is a pretty kid friendly movie…I mean what child isn't going to love a turkey traveling back in time in an egg shaped time traveling machine named S.T.E.V.E?! However, I must say, a lot of the dialogue and one liners only older children and adults would understand. For example, there are several instances when the turkeys quote some great one liners from movies! (See how many you can pick up on.) Of course in a time traveling movie about two turkeys, you have to throw in a line from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!” So while the kids are laughing at all the funny things the turkeys are doing, the adults can enjoy and laugh at all the funny things those birds are saying!

    Also, as a parent of young children, there are a few instances I should make you aware of. Several times in the movie there are guns being used to shoot at the turkeys. Most of this is comical, but there are still shots being fired that could frighten young ones. There are also a couple of times where they show some vicious looking dogs that chase the birds. The only other concern you may have is the death of one of the turkeys. It may be a little sad for those children that understand what is going on.

    It teaches some great values of never giving up, believing in yourself and that one person can make a huge difference.

    Overall, this is an excellent choice for a family holiday movie to be enjoyed by both parents and kids alike!

    Last but not least, all I am going to say is Dominoes Pizza. It’s what’s for Thanksgiving Dinner!

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    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The movie starts with promise: Wilson’s vocal talents and some truly funny moments might make your mouth water in anticipation. But the main course is full of unmotivated conflicts, silly plot devices, and twisted history. Free Birds isn’t a disaster; it’s just not the stuff of sumptuous banquets... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 6+ | Not Worth Your Time

    It's okay for kids, but seemed a bit preachy at times

  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Pretty good!

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Thought this movie wasn't my favorite I enjoyed it. My son giggled a couple of times. Seemed to flow well and I don't remember thinking when will it be over.

  • (Female)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Like it very much!

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    There's something for every age wrapped up in a holiday-themed package, including cute-as-a-button characters, clever (but sometimes a bit rude) humor, a send-up of science fiction, and even a little (superficial) slice of American history... See Full Review

  • Dove Foundation

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie has a lot of good qualities about working together, friendship, and the theme that it is okay to be different. It is a charming film. There are some scenes that may frighten very young but we are pleased to award this film the Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages... See Full Review

  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    What they come up with instead of turkey on Turkey Day is a whole lot ridiculous and features some cringing product placement, but the rest of the story is fairly entertaining for both young and old... See Full Review


    ages 3+ | Not Worth Your Time

    FREE BIRDS is somewhat entertaining and has some memorable moments, but it fails at being laugh-out-loud funny, even with its talented cast. The biggest problem with FREE BIRDS is its revisionist history. Its negative portrayal of the Pilgrims, who suffered extreme hardships, is, at best, distasteful, at worst, disrespectful... See Full Review


    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    If the movie Free Birds is part of your Thanksgiving Day plans, you might want to watch it after you eat dinner. Otherwise you could find yourself ordering fast food instead of enjoying the traditional holiday meal. Why? Because Free Birds is all about rewriting history in favor of political correctness when it comes to dining options... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 5+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think this may be the worst idea for a movie intended for children I have heard since the one about the kid bank robber. Does anyone think it makes sense to horrify children just before Thanksgiving with a movie about two turkeys who want to go back in time to prevent centuries of turkeys being eaten to celebrate America’s oldest holiday? Will children who see this movie burst into tears at Grandma’s house and insist on eating pizza for Thanksgiving dinner?... See Full Review

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    “Free Birds” is more proof, as if 2013 needed it, that Hollywood has almost killed the animated goose that laid the golden egg.
    Frozen, undercooked and sorely lacking much in the way of “all the trimmings,” this turkey isn’t ready to serve... See Full Review

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The historical mash-up could confuse young viewers. Its message could turn impressionable children into traumatized vegans — or at least inspire them to pass on the big bird and head straight for pie.

    But Free Birds is pleasant enough holiday fare. And kudos to the animators for transforming a rather unattractive — or at least unappreciated — species into a cast of endearing characters... See Full Review

Okfor ages12+