“The Angry Birds Movie” (Columbia)
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.