Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Chicago Reader

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Rated PG-13 101 minutes 2016

In the mountains of New Zealand, a troublesome foster child (Julian Dennison) is delivered into the care of an elderly couple (Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata), and ultimately he and the old man must go on the run, fending for themselves in the wild. Based on Barry Crump's 1986 novel Wild Pork and Watercress, this spirited comic adventure by writer-director Taika Waititi shares more in common with his gentle, character-driven drama Boy (2010) than his recent vampire farce What We Do in the Shadows (2014). Like Mark Twain, Waititi looks for humor in quirks of character and degrees of stubbornness, and the natural challenges of Crump's wilderness journey generate a succession of belly laughs onscreen as the gruff old man scraps with the loudmouthed kid, a pudgy hip-hopper looking for a challenge equal to his will.

Film Credits

Director: Taika Waititi

Producer: Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders, Taika Waititi, Matt Noonan, James Wallace and Charlie McClellan

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Oscar Kightley, Cohen Holloway, Stan Walker, Mike Minogue, Rhys Darby, Troy Kingi, Taika Waititi, Hamish Parkinson, Stu Giles and Lloyd Scott


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Show Times

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Showing 1-1 of 1

Current Rating
4.1 out of 5

Add a review


Select a star to rate.