The Willoughbys movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The whole film is centred around family themes, about quirky siblings attempting to get rid of their cruel parents. There are entertaining sequences of action and plenty of giggles for families.


Neglected by their parents, four mischievous siblings hatch a plan to send their selfish parents on a vacation whilst they embark on an adventure to find the true meaning of family with their new nanny.

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Movie details

Director: Kris Pearn
Cast: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Seán Cullen, Ricky Gervais
Writer: Kris Pearn, Mark Stanleigh
Release Date (Australia): 22 April 2020
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains multiple instances of crude humour and comedic thematic elements such as child neglect and perilous situations.

Violence (G)

The film features scenes depicting very mild animated slapstick violence.

Nudity (G)

The film contains a brief depiction of an animated baby’s buttocks.

Sex (G)

The film contains infrequent instances of very mild sexual innuendo.

mpaa rating

PG (for rude humor and some thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

“If you love stories about families that stick together, who love each other and live happily ever after… This isn’t the film for you, okay?” They’re unique, they’re quirky, they’re witty, they’re the Willoughbys. And they present families with a story of family themes and family morals, but there’s darker roots connecting to those messages that make this film probably not for the whole family.

The first line is literally Ricky Gervais’ cat character clearly warning viewers that this isn’t the typical family story and it’s not the average “happy-ever-after- ending” tale. And the entire 90 minutes live up exactly to that line. The Willoughbys is an animated comedy about four siblings desperate to get rid of their cruel parents. You can expect the typically witty voice performances, nice animation technique and childish humour.

However, there’s families that will love this and other families whose kids will probably leave crying. What makes it such a “know-your-child” tale is the undeniably dark rooted humour. It’s all done in a comedic fashion, but there’s surprisingly actual child neglect themes and other dark touches of subject matter.

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