Hunt For the Wilderpeople

Hunt For the Wilderpeople

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Hunt For the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi's (Boy) adaptation of Barry Crump's Wild Pork and Watercress. A national manhunt is ordered for rebellious kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

"Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata), the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), 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 coming-of-age drama, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, this touching story reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way." (Sundance Film Festival)

Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Dennison), Supporting Actor (Neill), Supporting Actress (Te Wiata) and Visual Effects, NZ Film Awards 2017
2016Rating: PG, Violence, coarse language, some scenes may disturb young children101 minsNew Zealand
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to key early works from that nation’s first filmic renaissance... Despite the humor, there’s a cornier, more formulaic core here than in the writer-helmer’s prior successes “Boy” and “What We Do in the Shadows”.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Waititi’s followup to What We Do in the Shadows is more formulaic, but this family comedy does have surprising bite and great, off-kilter performances.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Everything about Hunt for the Wilderpeople charms and delights – especially its preternaturally talented young lead, the charismatic Julian Dennison.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Get ready, New Zealand, to wrap your laughing gear around this.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A deliciously good time at the movies... familiar but perfectly balanced blend of drama and comedy.

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Collider

Collider

press

Waititi doesn’t shy away from sadness or alienation, and he revels in the bizarre. His films have a great well of empathy for outsiders, and so it’s fitting that Wilderpeople should take us to the great outdoors... While the plot and some of the characters may be a bit cartoonish, the emotions always feel honest and Waititi is able to get some big laughs thanks to his charming protagonists.

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Some movies make you wonder why they were made at all. Today’s crowded cinematic space suggests that if you are going to fund a feature film then surely you have a special story you want to share. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) has all the ingredients of a good film, including star drawcard Sam Neill, an extraordinary setting in one of the most beautiful...

3.0
0

Everything great you have read about this film, it's all true! Many much better wordsmiths than I, have written their piece. A must see!

5.0
0

Excellent movie, lots of laughs, a few tears and very thought provoking. An excellent NZ movie.

5.0
0

With the heart of a family comedy and the soul of a Dave Dobbyn song, Taika Waititi's newest outing is a humble, funny, human tale.

4.0
0

Not quite the piece of genius people would have you believe.

3.0
0

A classical kiwi comedy that grabs the audience and takes them on a hilarious and fast moving adventure of entertainment - fun for all ages

5.0
0

...of course Once Were Warriors will forever be the more memorable movie...but this one gets four and a half stars from me. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

4.0
0

I left the cinema laughing and Trifecta in my head for a week.

4.0
0

Fantastic Kiwi film... the whole office is talking about it and we love Ricky Baker!

5.0
0

After seeing the hilarious trailers for Hunt for the Wilderpeople, my friends and I promised each other that we just had to see it together. Whilst I expected to laugh till it hurt, I didn't expect Hunt for the Wilderpeople to have so much heart. It even deals with some serious issues but in a heart warming way. Kudos goes to Julian Dennison who plays...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to key early works from that nation’s first filmic renaissance... Despite the humor, there’s a cornier, more formulaic core here than in the writer-helmer’s prior successes “Boy” and “What We Do in the Shadows”.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Waititi’s followup to What We Do in the Shadows is more formulaic, but this family comedy does have surprising bite and great, off-kilter performances.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Everything about Hunt for the Wilderpeople charms and delights – especially its preternaturally talented young lead, the charismatic Julian Dennison.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Get ready, New Zealand, to wrap your laughing gear around this.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A deliciously good time at the movies... familiar but perfectly balanced blend of drama and comedy.

0
Collider

Collider

press

Waititi doesn’t shy away from sadness or alienation, and he revels in the bizarre. His films have a great well of empathy for outsiders, and so it’s fitting that Wilderpeople should take us to the great outdoors... While the plot and some of the characters may be a bit cartoonish, the emotions always feel honest and Waititi is able to get some big laughs thanks to his charming protagonists.

0

Some movies make you wonder why they were made at all. Today’s crowded cinematic space suggests that if you are going to fund a feature film then surely you have a special story you want to share. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) has all the ingredients of a good film, including star drawcard Sam Neill, an extraordinary setting in one of the most...

3.0
0

Everything great you have read about this film, it's all true! Many much better wordsmiths than I, have written their piece. A must see!

5.0
0

Excellent movie, lots of laughs, a few tears and very thought provoking. An excellent NZ movie.

5.0
0

With the heart of a family comedy and the soul of a Dave Dobbyn song, Taika Waititi's newest outing is a humble, funny, human tale.

4.0
0

Not quite the piece of genius people would have you believe.

3.0
0

A classical kiwi comedy that grabs the audience and takes them on a hilarious and fast moving adventure of entertainment - fun for all ages

5.0
0

...of course Once Were Warriors will forever be the more memorable movie...but this one gets four and a half stars from me. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

4.0
0

I left the cinema laughing and Trifecta in my head for a week.

4.0
0

Fantastic Kiwi film... the whole office is talking about it and we love Ricky Baker!

5.0
0

After seeing the hilarious trailers for Hunt for the Wilderpeople, my friends and I promised each other that we just had to see it together. Whilst I expected to laugh till it hurt, I didn't expect Hunt for the Wilderpeople to have so much heart. It even deals with some serious issues but in a heart warming way. Kudos goes to Julian Dennison who plays...

5.0
0