Pig Parent Guide
This sedate little film isn't a revenge drama; rather it's a character study of a strange recluse suddenly deprived of his animal companion.
Parent Movie Review
For the last fifteen years, Rob (Nicolas Cage) has lived in the Oregon wilderness with no company apart from his foraging pig. He makes a living selling truffles to pretentious restaurateurs, but despite the high price of truffles, lives simply in a small cabin with no plumbing or electricity. Until, that is, his pig is stolen in the middle of the night. Determined to get her back, he ventures back to the city with his buyer, restaurant supplier Amir (Alex Wolff). But in a big city like Portland, finding a pig isn’t easy. Worse, the city is filled with the ghosts of Rob’s past.
This sounds like a big revenge thriller – Taken with a pig instead of a child. It sure isn’t. If you’re expecting a completely unhinged Nic Cage screaming and murdering his way through the Pacific Northwest, you’re watching the wrong movie. That’s not to say you won’t see Nic Cage screaming. He is Nic Cage after all. He gives 120% to every role, whether it needs it or not. But this is a much more understated role, so the screaming is pretty limited.
Pig is a much more sedate film. It’s a character study of a strange recluse who left the city on his own terms but never forgot what he left. It’s slow and, at times, morose. The cinematography is likewise unhurried, which means that even at a comparatively brisk 92 minutes, this movie feels long. There’s no rush to the end credits here.
I’m a movie nerd. I like a lot of weird arthouse films. Even for me, Pig is a little slow. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right headspace for it, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say your average audience isn’t going to have a great time with this. It’s sort of the antithesis to a popcorn movie. Watching Pig is committing to 90 minutes of introspective, thoughtful, and understated viewing.
But on the off-chance this sounds like your kind of thing, I’ll give you the usual content warnings. The big issue here is profanity, which comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant. Based on personal experience, these may be the least profane restaurant employees in history – but that’s not to say that there isn’t a ton of cussing. If you’re into this kind of movie, I don’t expect that’s a dealbreaker. If you’re like me, though, you might want to bring something caffeinated. Some of these long shots get a little long, if you know what I mean.Directed by Michael Sarnoski. Starring Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin. Running time: 92 minutes. Theatrical release July 16, 2021. Updated July 15, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Pig rated R? Pig is rated R by the MPAA for language and some violence
Violence: A man is severely beaten on two occasions. There are references to suicide.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are 26 sexual expletives, five scatological curses, and occasional uses of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are seen drinking, typically with meals. There are references to drug abuse but no drugs are seen.
Page last updated July 15, 2021
Pig Parents' Guide
Rob, Amir, and Darius are all forced to confront painful losses. What gets through to them? How do their outlooks change? What effect do you think it will have on them going forward?
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Other farm-focused films include documentaries like The Biggest Little Farmand Gunda. Slow art film fans might enjoy First Cow. Restaurant enthusiasts might be interested in Guest of Honour, Burnt, or Chef. Ratatouille would be a more suitable alternative for younger audiences. If you’re looking for a more bizarre Cage performance, I recommend Willy’s Wonderland, which is thoroughly insane from start to finish.