Furry Vengeance

April 30th, 2010


Furry Vengeance

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Still of Brendan Fraser in Furry VengeanceStill of Brooke Shields and Matt Prokop in Furry VengeanceBrendan Fraser at event of Furry VengeanceStill of Ken Jeong in Furry VengeanceStill of Brooke Shields and Matt Prokop in Furry VengeanceStill of Brooke Shields, Brendan Fraser, Skyler Samuels and Matt Prokop in Furry Vengeance

In the Oregon wilderness, a real estate developer's new housing subdivision faces a unique group of protesters, local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 3.2/10 (6,801 voted)

Critic's Score: 23/100

Director: Roger Kumble

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Ricky Garcia

Hoping to make enough money through an overseas employer to live comfortably, Real Estate Developer Dan Sanders manages to convince his son, Tyler, and wife, Tammy, to re-locate in a remote corner of Oregon. Tyler does seem content after he meets with lovely Amber, but Tammy is concerned about her husband when he near-hysterically claims that local creatures, including beavers, ravens, bears, fox, etc. have joined forces to sabotage his project.

Writers: Michael Carnes, Josh Gilbert

Brendan Fraser - Dan Sanders
Ricky Garcia - Frank
Eugene Cordero - Cheese
Patrice O'Neal - Gus
Jim Norton - Hank
Brooke Shields - Tammy Sanders
Matt Prokop - Tyler Sanders
Billy Bush - Drill Sergeant
Ken Jeong - Neal Lyman
Angela Kinsey - Felder
Samantha Bee - Principal Baker
Alice Drummond - Mrs. Martin
Toby Huss - Wilson
Skyler Samuels - Amber
Gerry Bednob - Mr. Gupta

Taglines: He came. He saw. They conquered.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 30 April 2010

Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,627,564 (USA) (2 May 2010) (2997 Screens)

Gross: $17,596,256 (USA) (11 July 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Steve Carell and Jeremy Piven were both attached to play the lead role at various times before Brendan Fraser was eventually cast.

Errors in geography: this movie takes place in Oregon, but in one scene Brendan Fraser's character is seen holding Byrne dairy milk, which is a family owned upstate NY dairy.

Neal Lyman: Bruce Lee from the grave!

User Review

Dismally unfunny

Rating: 1/10

Brendan Fraser has uprooted wife Brooke Shields and their teenage son to some unspecified rural area, where he's overseeing the construction of a McMansion community in a formerly pristine natural area. This angers the local wildlife, headed by a cackling raccoon, who set off to humiliate, injure, and presumably kill Fraser and other human interlopers.

Now, I'm all for the stupidly funny. I wasn't expecting Oscar material and certainly didn't expect it from this. But even on its own low terms, this movie just fails to be funny, and in my eyes, there's little worse than a bad comedy. Bad efforts at other genres can be great for laughs, but when comedies fail to elicit laughs, they're just painful and dull.

Fraser's goofy amiability has levitated other films before, but this time he's just not up to it. There's too much bottom-of-the-barrel slapstick, an overpopulation of stupid characters, and predictable family drama. Also, frequently weirdly inconsistent. At one point Fraser is flung into a bee's nest and is covered with stings, but the next morning he's shown without a scratch or swelling on him. Early on, another character suffers an animal-induced auto accident that's rather appalling since it would be clearly fatal and later we're told the character "disappeared." There quite a bit of wet-crotch and groin-injury humor; I remember a time when that was considered too risqué for children, and now is standard for kid flicks. At any rate, they're cheap laughs.

Fraser looks bad; he's gained weight and looks pudgy and uncomfortable. Brooke Shields can be a great comic actress but spends most of the time playing the straight man, so her talents are underused. She also doesn't look her best, either. They're basically playing second fiddle to the cutesy animals, which range from real animals to poorly-done CGI stand-ins. Also has nocturnal animals, like owls and raccoons, running around in the day, and daytime animals, like crows, active at night. Not to mention seagulls suddenly showing up in a clearly inland and mountainous locale. At one point the flick attempts to set up some sort of mystical/magical reasoning for the intelligent animals (who not only understand human speech, but seem every bit as aware of human pop culture as the humans are), but then it's quickly dropped and forgotten.

I saw this at a preview screening; there were a number of families there and I could tell the very young found it funny, but older kids and adults were clearly not amused and unimpressed. I guess they wanted a sort of live-action cartoon here, but amidst all the mayhem they forgot to make it truly funny...and contrasting it to a halfway realistic family drama doesn't help. You're better off staying at home with some classic Warner Brothers cartoons. FURRY VENGEANCE is to be avoided at all costs, one of the worst things I've seen in a long time.


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