“The Angry Birds Movie” (Columbia)

Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad, and Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, appear in the animated movie "The Angry Birds Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Sony)

By Catholic News Service

Take an addictive phone app, contrive a plot to “explain” motivations, chuck in puns, a bit of potty humor and lengthy slapstick sequences, and you have the recipe for this inane 3-D animated adaptation.

Co-directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly track the efforts of a trio of flightless friends (voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride) to defend the eggs of Bird Island from a band of invading pigs out to enhance their diet with yolky goodness.

The straightforward plot is unlikely to confuse — and the scenes of combat unlikely to frighten — any but the very youngest children. Accompanying adults, on the other hand may well find themselves anxious for a speedy conclusion.

Mildly scary action sequences, fleeting scatological humor. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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