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Free Birds

Thanksgiving is no time to be grateful -- if you are a turkey! Wanting the holiday's choice of cuisine to change in the future, two fowl friends (voices of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson) travel to the past hoping to stop the tradition before it begins. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 91
Theater Release: 01 Nov 2013
Video Release: 04 Feb 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do only some of the animals get a voice in this movie? How does limiting who can talk change the perspective? What might the dogs have to say about turkeys?

In the film a character points a laser beam into another character’s eye for comedic effect. What are the real dangers of this? Does making the event funny take away from the seriousness of it? With increasing incidents of lasers being pointed at airplane pilots, is this depiction a good idea?

Reggie introduces an alternative food suggestion for Thanksgiving. What animals would be impacted by his choice?

What Thanksgiving traditions do you have? Learn more about how the tradition of eating turkey for Thanksgiving dinner began.

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