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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit | 2005 | G | - 2.3.1

In their big screen debut, clay animation characters Wallace and Gromit run a humane pest-control outfit called "Anti-Pesto." But, while protecting the gardens of their neighbors from infiltrating pests, they come face-to-face with an enormous rabbit that is ravaging the veggies. They try to find a way to capture it or drive it off before the town's big vegetable competition, but a hunter is also commissioned to go after the giant vermin. With the voices of Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes, John Thomson and Peter Kay. Directed by Steve Box & Nick Park. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A nude man stands with a box wrapped around his waist and the sign on the box reads "May contain nuts." A woman stands behind two melons (at the height of her chest) and strokes them while saying, "he has never shown any interest in my produce." A man says, "look at my wife's brassicas" (referring to a vegetable) and she holds up two heads of cauliflower. A woman says that she has feelings for a man. A woman talks about carrots in seemingly sensual terms (the skin, the texture, etc.).
 A man dangles from a weather vane, his pants are pulled down and his bare buttocks are shown.
 A man puckers his lips thinking that a woman is going to kiss him, but she does not.
 A stuffed female rabbit is made to dance to strip-tease music, wiggling and winking in order to attract a male rabbit. A male rabbit follows a stuffed female rabbit, the male one kisses the female's arm and squeezes her tail, and she elbows him in the nose.
 A man looks at a magazine called "Nun Wrestling." A man talks about love's "tender trap." A woman giggles and a man hears her and thinks that she is flirting with another man (he gets angry and storms off).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A character transforms into a large rabbit: we see ears popping out of its head, and a tail tearing through its pants, clothes are torn off and a pair of underwear lands on a man's face, while the rabbit roars and pounds on its chest. A character transforms into a large rabbit a few more times (which include squirming and contortions and flatulent noises).
 A man with a gun approaches a large rabbit and shoots at it; but a dog flying in a plane flies in the path of the bullet, the plane is struck and falls toward the ground, and the rabbit jumps under the plane to break its fall.
 A man with an axe hits a tree trunk near a man's head, the man spits in his face while threatening him, and one man swings at the other; one man eventually picks the other up and throws him onto the hood of a car. A woman hits a man on the head with a carrot, and he falls to the ground. A man yells at another man and presses his nose against his face.
 A dog driving a truck chases a large rabbit as it runs away, stomping through gardens; the dog throws a lasso around the rabbit, which pulls the truck with the dog inside through a fence, down a large hole and through a tunnel, until the rabbit breaks away.
 Two dogs flying in toy planes chase each other through the air, one plane hits the ground and explodes, the dog from that plane climbs onto the other plane and the two dogs fight; one dog is dropped through bomb doors and falls, landing on an inflatable castle.
 A man shoots a large rabbit from a distance, and we see it fall to the ground (it turns out to be a stuffed rabbit). A man shoots a gun into the air and a stone statue falls on the floor near another man. A man shoots a gun three times.
 A man shoots his gun into the air, and the ground shakes as something tunnels under the ground making the earth rise in a mound that follows a woman; then the mound follows a dog, a man points a gun toward the mound, and a large rabbit comes out of the ground. A large rabbit carries a woman up the side of a building (King Kong-like). A large rabbit chases a melon with a dog on top of it, and the dog is tossed into a melon splattering it.
 A man threatens to use a gun and shoot rabbits, and he takes aim at one that cowers and whimpers. A man in a rabbit suit is chased by an angry mob. A man and a dog, peer through a hole in a fence and into a garden, they hear snarling and chomping, they catch something in a bag, it tries to get away, and they hold it with a ring around its neck.
 A man alone in a church hears noises coming from behind him; something moves and knocks down a candleholder, then he hears a loud burp, and it approaches the man, who yells and faints. A large creature eats loudly, burps loudly and then jumps through a window, charging through gardens breaking greenhouse windows and tearing up vegetables.
 A dog opens a refrigerator and finds many rabbits inside eating all of the food; the dog raises a spoon to hit the rabbits, and they grab the spoon away and hit the dog instead. A dog is locked in a cage, and a rabbit drives into the cage freeing the dog
 A large rabbit gasps and falls silent and still, and it begins to transform into another character, while people and animals grieve and cry. There is creepy music playing with the opening credits, and we hear snorting and snarling and a loud alarm rings when movement is detected in a garden. People are terrified about what a large creature could actually be. A rabbit's hutch jostles and thumps and people seem afraid of what is inside.
 Many rabbits in a glass container spin around during a behavior modification treatment while a man wears a helmet attached to wires that controls thought transmissions; one rabbit is accidentally sucked up through a tube and pressed against the man's head, the man yells, a dog breaks the glass freeing the man and the rabbit, and the man appears unhurt while the rabbit twitches and appears frightened. Many rabbits are sucked into the ground through their holes, through the ground, up into a tube and pushed out into a glass container where they float around (they are not harmed); many rabbits are blown back through the tube and into their holes in the ground.
 A man is sucked into a rabbit hole and through the ground and becomes wedged in a tube. A woman is pinned against a fence by a rake that's through her hair. A man's fingers are pinched in a trap when he reaches for cheese, and we see his reddened fingers later. A man is stuck in a hole in the floor and is pushed through by a large wooden mallet that comes down on his head. A man is sprayed in the eyes with flower spray. A man falls and lands in a cotton candy maker, and when he stands up his head is covered with pink goo.
 A man's false teeth are spit out of his mouth and they hit a rabbit in the head. A man holds a rabbit with a ring around its neck, and it twitches and burps loudly. People play "bag a bunny" by shooting stuffed rabbits that move across a shooting gallery. We see many rabbits held in cages in a basement.
 A man and a dog are launched out of their beds, they slide down chutes into their clothes, they are plopped onto chairs that are then placed in truck, and they drive off.
 A man stands in front of a structure that makes it look like the man has horns on his head. A dog brings a large knife down onto a carrot and slices it. A large, hanging sign shaped like a carrot falls onto the roof of a truck (something has taken a bite out of the sign).
 A "Book of Monsters" talks about requiring a bullet of gold to deal with a creature.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 3 "flipping"s, a character says, "Kiss my artichoke."


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a pipe in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mind manipulation, brain alteration, dieting, dealing humanely with vermin, humane treatment of animals, hunting, greed, loyalty, friendship, competition, mercy, primitive nature.

MESSAGE - Friendship can save us from even the most unusual and unexpected dangers.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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