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)

Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rhys Darby, Oscar Kightley, Rachel House, Stan Walker

Directed by
Taika Waititi ('Boy', 'What We Do in the Shadows')

Written by
Taika Waititi

Festivals & Awards
Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Dennison), Supporting Actor (Neill), Supporting Actress (Te Wiata) and Visual Effects, NZ Film Awards 2017

(PG) Violence, coarse language, some scenes may disturb young children | Comedy, Drama | New Zealand


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My Favourite Movie of all Time
5 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Great humour.
Classic New Zealand Movie.
Loved it.

Riki Baker (aka) Julien Denison raised in foster care finds himself in a big adventure dodging police with his new uncle Hec (aka) Sam Neil it started with Julien trying to run away the Hec breaks his leg and then they get lost in the great bush of New Zealand then they are sleeping in huts trying to find home but then..........

Reviewed by Logan Taylor
My Favourite Movie of all Time

Reviewed by Logan Taylor
dumb movie

I found this movie very disappointing because it was quite bad.

Reviewed by Jacob Lammers


Average rating 3 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Collider (USA)

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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Guardian (UK)

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

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

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NZ Herald (Russell Baillie)

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

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

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Variety (USA)

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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