The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message. Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family, but a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, and he and his foster uncle must go on the run in the bush. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances. Hunt for the Wilderpeople reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.
Adventure/Comedy/Drama, New Zealand