Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 91 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 7+. The movie is about two turkeys who travel back in time to save their species from becoming Thanksgiving dinner, and there is some violence involved in that plan, but none of it is bloody; however, a few characters die. Also some rude jokes and implied romantic interest.
‘Free Birds’ is a film that will please animal-lovers, as it centers on two turkeys who travel back in time to change the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. But its bizarrely racist equating of helpless turkeys with Native Americans and shockingly short-sighted conclusion about fast food make it a weird fit for younger viewers.
By Roxana Hadadi
With Thanksgiving a few weeks away, it’s unsurprising that “Free Birds”—about two turkeys who travel back to the 17th century to save their species—is hitting theaters, aimed directly at families. But it’s surprising how conflicting the film is in its messages for children, how it seems to preach animal conversation on one side but poor eating choices on the other. Oh, and the film is also weirdly racist, too. What’s going on in “Free Birds” is not as inclusive as you would think.