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Free Birds
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When Reggie (Wilson), a Thanksgiving butterball waiting to happen, is given an unlikely reprieve by the president, he finds himself roped into another bird's (Harrelson) time-travelling plan to save all of turkeykind.

Free Birds

Reggie (Owen Wilson) is a runty turkey pardoned by the President at Thanksgiving and left to happily live a life uneaten. Then a dim bird (Harrelson) wrecks it all by forcing him to come back to the first Thanksgiving in a time machine to save all turkey kind from centuries of festive death. It’s a screwy plot for a film that has trouble settling into a clear story. There are cute moments with the birds, but the villains are so vague that there’s very little in the way of peril or narrative momentum. And saving turkeys from Thanksgiving fails to account for the horror of Christmas.

Not bootiful.

Reviewed by Olly Richards

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RE: Gobble gobble.

Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags ... More

Posted by chang at 09:44, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post

Gobble gobble.

Free Birds is a nice idea, thoroughly underdeveloped.. To make matters worse, if you're casting the parts of Big Red Stupid Bird and Small Blue Smart Bird, why would you choose two actors who sound almost identical? Audiences deserve better, and luckily they probably won't have to wait too long to get it. ... More

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