Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

DVD - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD HUNT FO
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
DVD,NTSC
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (approximately 101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Grant's comments: Ricky might be the best character in any film this century, so great. A film that knows saccharine isn't heart. One of two movies on my list shot in New Zealand!

Michelle's comments: I might give it a try (just to see what Grant considers heart).

A perfect movie, warm, funny, great cinematography, and score. Ricky is the best. Suggested by Grant


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mr_chocolate
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.

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ausnos
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.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Jun 06, 2017

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

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miaone
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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voisjoe1_0
May 19, 2017

One of those films for the whole family. The police are looking in the New Zealand bush for an old white guy and a Maori youngster who are on the run.

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therhiannamater
May 04, 2017

Taika Waititi is a brilliant force both on the camera and behind it. This is an especially charming film dealing with the ideas of family, innocence, and the perils of growing up. There's a rich insight into the culture of the New Zealand bush life and wonderful characterization.

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Kellbo
May 02, 2017

This movie is always on my list to recommend when customers are looking for a lovely, not-mawkish family film. The young actor who plays Ricky is fantastic, and Sam Neill does a fine job as a gruff foster father. A great exploration of what "family" means.

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Janice21383
Apr 21, 2017

Fantasy, reality, and skux in the New Zealand bush. Some parents may want to shield their children from certain aspects (see comment immediately below) but if your family can't laugh and cry along with Hec, Ricky and their excellent adventure, I wouldn't want to be a member of it. An additional half star for references to The Piano and The Lord of the Rings. EXTRAS: three grade-A skux provide dryly humorous DVD commentary.

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ncs1961
Apr 20, 2017

Very good offbeat family themed comedy; interesting characters & situations. It was a rare opportunity for me to watch a film with teens (who were engaged enough to resist excessive texting followed by, "what just happened? who's that again?"). However, be ready to have a conversation about the strangely light-hearted references to "molesterers" and perverts. I also wished I had a heads up to fast forward through the (needlessly?) graphic scene involving wild boar and dog out in the bush.
That said, I highly recommend it.

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Apr 20, 2017

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Nov 19, 2016

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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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