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At Theaters: 11/1/2013 On Video: 2/4/2014
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 31 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600208
Studio: Relativity Media
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Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.
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Animated Comedy - This is an animated comedy with a vague Thanksgiving holiday theme, with some smart humor for adults and a lot of bright colors and broad gags for kids. There is some mild comic violence, but on the whole is safe viewing for all ages. Fans of the three voice leads, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler, should be pleased.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Owen Wilson FANTASTIC MR. FOX, THE INTERNSHIP
Woody Harrelson NOW YOU SEE ME, THE HUNGER GAMES
Amy Poehler BABY MAMA, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED
Wri/Dir/Actor: Jimmy Hayward HORTON HEARS A WHO!
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Production Notes Heading
The Filmmakers
About Reel FX
About the Cast and Characters
Creating the Turkeys and Their Performances
The Look of the Film
About the Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hits and gunplay played for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Chases and explosions.
COMEDY: Silly banter, wisecracks, slapstick.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average Everything about 'Free Birds' feels perfunctory, from its generic title and holiday setting to its starry voice cast and undistinguished use of 3-D.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average This animated comedy with a soft spot for turkeys and a tendency toward revisionist history is moderately entertaining, albeit forgettable, holiday fare.

Washington Post Full Review
Above Average Finally, there's a movie vegetarian parents can enjoy with their impressionable offspring.

NY Post Full Review
Below Average No animated movie is allowed to be 2-D these days, but 'Free Birds' makes decent use of its three dimensions, especially during a puffed-up turkey wattle fight between showboating toms, and with little round fluffball chicks, tailor-made for mass marketing.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 53 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
24
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
2
About 50/50
50%
13-19Teens (F)
3
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
7
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (F)
15
Fairly High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 53 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Nearly all the children loved "Free Birds."
TEENS: One male loved it and one rated it below average. Both females loved "Free Birds."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One females loved it and one rated it above average. No male reviews.
ADULTS:Four of the seven males rated it above average. The other three rated it just average. The females mostly rated it above average with about 25% rating it average. These are Ok reviews from parents but they clearly indicate that "Free Birds" isn't in the same league as other childrens movies like "Toy Story," as far as adults are concerned.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
On a quaint, family-owned farm, a giant turkey flock lives a quiet, complacent, corn-stuffed life. All everyone cares about is feeding time and grazing in the sun with the Farmer, who they swear will bring them to "Turkey Paradise." Everyone, that is, except for Reggie (Owen Wilson), a whip-smart turkey whose bad- mouthing of the Farmer and disinterest in the mundane, overfed turkey existence makes him an outcast among his flock.

Reggie's life is changed forever when an unexpected visit from the President of the United States lands him the esteemed honor of "Pardoned Turkey." This means living the plush life at Camp David, complete with TV On Demand and cheese pizza. By being pardoned, Reggie has found his own Turkey Paradise -- a place where he (and he alone) calls all the shots! That is until Reggie is plucked from his paradise by Jake (Woody Harrelson), the relentless founder-- and only member--of the "Turkey Freedom Front."

Jake has only one mission: to change history forever and save all of turkey-kind. But he can't do it alone: a mission like this needs brain and brawn, and that's why he needs to induct Reggie into his effort. "It's our destiny!" he proclaims, much to Reggie's scoffing. Despite Reggie's refusal to abandon his life of luxury, Jake kidnaps him, and together they break into a top-secret government lab and hijack a time machine named S.T.E.V.E (George Takei), taking them back to the year 1621, just days before the first Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, as soon as they arrive in the past, they find themselves in the crosshairs of Plymouth Colony Commander Myles Standish (Colm Meaney), an avid hunter on his own mission to capture enough birds to feed the colonists and their Native American allies for the upcoming Harvest Feast. Before Reggie and Jake become a main course at Standish's dinner, they are rescued by Jenny (Amy Poehler), the beautiful and fierce daughter of the Wild Turkeys' Chief Broadbeak (Keith David).

Jenny leads the pair to the edge of the forest where the rest of her flock is hiding from the Pilgrims. Jake must teach the wild flock about the future and rally support for his mission to change history, but Reggie is apparently on a mission of the heart: falling beak-over-tail for Jenny.

Inspired by Jenny's bravery, Reggie leads a daring raid on the Pilgrim village to free their captured comrades. However, their rescue plans backfire when Jake's feather-brained scheme actually leads Standish and his hunters to the flock, putting Jenny, her family, and the future of all turkey-kind in jeopardy.

Disheartened, Reggie flees to the present day with S.T.E.V.E., following his long- held philosophy that "it's better off if you go it alone." But his life at Camp David no longer feels like it's enough without Jenny and Jake around. Reggie finally realizes that Jake's crazy mission IS his destiny, and he and S.T.E.V.E head back to help fulfill Jake's effort to get turkeys off the menu for good!

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