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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • Starring: Julian Dennison, Rachel House, Rima Te Wiata, Sam Neill
  • Director: Taika Waititi and Taika Waititi
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 101 min.

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. [The Orchard]

"Filmmaking this fresh, this vibrant, and this affecting for all ages is rare these days."
- Michael Roffman, Consequence of Sound
"Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is such a film."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One of the most sincere and funny portraits of family life to come along in a while."
- April Wolfe, Village Voice
"Warmly funny and deeply delightful, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a tale of two misfits told with such generosity of spirit and consistent good humour that it’s a pleasant surprise to discover how sneakily touching it is as well."
- Tim Grierson, Screen International
"Waititi (who’s also responsible for the best comedy of 2015, "What We Do in the Shadows," and will next tackle the third "Thor" film) executes a series of deft narrative U-turns, twisting the tale into 101 minutes of pure comic joy."
- Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)