Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.

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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: 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. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

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  • The always funny Rhys Darby makes a third act appearance as Hunt for the Wilderpeople treks deeper into the unrestrained realm of adventure comedy with absurd glee.

    March 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Gentle and appealing performances can't rescue this facile and cloying comedy.

    December 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    December 29, 2016 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Strictly for those who love pie-eyed problem pics with scenic wanderlust.

    December 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's brilliant chemistry between Dennison and Neil, the pair quite obviously bouncing off each other; a joy to watch on screen, and as the story progresses you begin to feel like a member of their special pack, gleefully part of the adventure.

    September 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been a huge audience favourite at festivals this year and you can see why, with its brand of dark New Zealand humour, coupled with a boy's own adventure story that goes not merely off the rails, but off-road and off-grid.

    September 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • Jun 11, 2018
    "Sh*t just got real." This is a wonderful coming of age story as well as a story about how the bond between two males, one old and grief stricken, the other young and shut down, find healing in each other's company. The best kind of independent film. I can't recommend this too highly.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2017
    Hip, self-aware, and self-effacing, here is the "orphan kid finds a home" Disney wishes she could make. Heat up the popcorn time!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2017
    Two great performances and a lot of very funny moments, but the story runs out of steam before the end.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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