Phil Haddad
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Movies You Haven't Seen - Hunt For the Wilderpeople

There are a lot of movies out there, and some of the best don't always have the money to spend on ads or wide releases in lots of theaters. Movies You Haven't Seen is my ongoing list of smaller or independent films that may have slipped under your radar. Check out the rest here.


Released
June 24, 2016


Rotten Tomatoes
98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the most recent movie from New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi and is, without a doubt, one of my favorite movies from the year that gave us big budget disappointments like Batman V Superman.

Wilderpeople tells this story of Ricky Baker, a troubled foster kid in New Zealand who starts out the film being placed in yet another foster home. He gets along great with is foster mom, Bella, and is mostly ignored by her grumpy husband, Hector (played by a fantastically aging Sam Neill). When circumstances change and Ricky is faced with the possibility of leaving the home he has come to love and being sent to juvie, he and Hector take off into the New Zealand wilderness, launching a country-wide manhunt. 

While this movie does have plenty of laughs, the story it tells is one that is not purely a comedy and is sure to tug at even the least tugg-able heartstrings out there. Writer/director Taika Waititi excels at creating quirky, lovable characters that pull you into their story, whether it's Ricky and Hec in Wilderpeople, or the vampire clan in his 2014 comedy/horror mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Don't just take my word for it either, you'll see Waititi's mainstream debut next year when one of the next chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok, is released.

Ultimately, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a movie to watch when you're looking for laughs without crudeness, or drama without cheese. Take a watch and let me know what you think!