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"PETER RABBIT"
(2018) (Domhnall Gleeson, voice of James Corden) (PG)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Moderate
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Computer-Animated Comedy: A mischievous, talking rabbit and his immediate family must contend with the new, bunny-hating owner of the vegetable garden they believe is theirs.
PLOT:
Peter Rabbit (voice of JAMES CORDEN) is a mischievous and assertive bunny who lives in a burrow with his sisters, Flopsy (voice of MARGOT ROBBIE), Mopsy (voice of ELIZABETH DEBICKI) and Cotton-tail (voice of DAISY RIDLEY) and their cousin, Benjamin Bunny (voice of COLIN MOODY). Peter is definitely the leader of the bunch and often leads them on raids through the next-door vegetable garden owned by Old Mr. McGregor (SAM NEILL) who's none too pleased with such trespassing. But when the man -- who previously caught Peter's father and turned him into a pie -- dies of a heart attack, Peter, his family and the rest of the animals think they now have it made with unfettered access to the veggies as well as the man's large house.

Little do they know that the man's great-nephew, Thomas McGregor (DOMHNALL GLEESON), recently fired from his job running the toy department in London's Harrods department store, has inherited the small farm and intends to sell it in order to open his own toy story back in the city. Thomas arrives to find a mess and immediately sets out to keep the animals out, but his artist neighbor Bea (ROSE BYRNE) reminds him that the rabbits and the rest were there before any humans.

He's near instantly smitten with her and she eventually develops the same sort of feelings for him, all of which means Thomas must keep his war with Peter and his brood behind the scenes, all while the rabbit becomes ever more determined to drive out this new human interloper.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many younger kids will be wanting to see it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some rude humor and action.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JAMES CORDEN voices Peter Rabbit, a mischievous and headstrong rabbit who believes he has ever right to raid Old Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden despite that farmer having previously captured Peter's father and turned him into a pie. Accordingly, Peter rejoices when the old man dies of a heart attack, but then must contend with the man's great-nephew, Thomas, showing up and immediately setting out to keep the animals off his newly inherited property. And it gets worse when Peter realizes Thomas and the rabbits' best human friend, Bea, are falling for each other. All of which means Peter must do what he can, including resorting to slapstick style violence, to drive Thomas away.
  • DOMHNALL GLEESON plays Thomas McGregor, the meticulous manager of the toy department at Harrods department store who just wants to serve people. Thus, when he's fired for his response to being passed over for a promotion, he decides he's going to sell his late great-uncle's farm and open his own toy store. But he must contend with Peter and the rest of the animals first raiding his vegetable garden and then trying their best to drive him away. He resorts to various forms of violence -- including explosives -- to do the job, all while keeping that behavior secret from his new next-door neighbor with whom he's now romantically involved.
  • ROSE BYRNE plays Bea, that new neighbor who's an artist, animal lover, and protector of Peter and his brood. She ends up falling for Thomas without realizing his disdain for the animals that he manages to keep secret from her for most of the film.
  • MARGOT ROBBIE voices Flopsy, one of Peter's three rabbit sisters who's a bit nervous at times.
  • ELIZABETH DEBICKI voices Mopsy, one of her siblings who's unofficially the boss of those girls.
  • DAISY RIDLEY voices Cotton-tail, the third sister who marches to the beat of her own drummer.
  • COLIN MOODY voices Benjamin Bunny, their rabbit cousin who often accompanies them on their raids of the McGregor vegetable garden, but isn't always sure that's the best idea.
  • SAM NEILL plays Old Mr. McGregor, Thomas' great-uncle who hates the rabbits -- and even made a pie out of their father -- but quickly departs the story via a fatal heart attack.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this computer-animated comedy that's been rated PG. There's no profanity, but some colorful phrases are uttered. In terms of sexual content, there's a brief kiss, a brief suggestive visual (where two rabbit's heads emerge from the open fly of empty human overalls), a brief view of the top of a man's butt crack, and a comment about a rooster fertilizing eggs.

    Violence is of the slapstick variety (such as characters being struck, hit or knocked around by others and inanimate objects), but does include several scenes of people being shocked hard enough to be blown backward a number of feet, as well as attempts by several humans to kill rabbits. Some of those moments (including a man falling dead to the ground from a heart attack) could be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers (but probably few if any others).

    Plenty of bad attitudes are present, as is all sorts of potentially imitative behavior (some of it dangerous). A little bit of crude/gross humor is present, while there's a possible brief glimpse of drinking, while a man is seen with an unlit cigar. Some tense family material is also present.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see a montage of Old Mr. McGregor's various bad habits that could have led to his demise, and one shot features what briefly appears to be him drinking beer.
  • BLOOD/GROSS STUFF
  • Old Mr. McGregor spits.
  • Thomas explains to store staffers about how their operation is run, including cleaning the toilet to the point that it's as clean as a drinking fountain. He then nearly sips from the bowl with a straw to prove that, but is interrupted.
  • While cleaning his late great-uncle's place, Thomas pulls a long and gross-looking strand of hair from the shower drain.
  • Mopsy translates some lip reading of humans and incorrectly says something about elephants being really flatulent.
  • As Thomas drives, Cotton-tail gives him a "wet willy" in his ear by licking her foot and then sticking that into his ear.
  • Thomas throws various small sticks of dynamite (or similar) at the rabbits, causing explosions around them as they run through the garden. At one point, Mopsy says she's hit, but what she thinks is blood is really just exploded tomato.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Peter steals veggies from Old Mr. McGregor's garden and later tries to do the same once Thomas has inherited the place.
  • Old Mr. McGregor says he's going to put Peter in a pie just like he did the rabbit's father.
  • Various animals rejoice and throw a wild party in Old Mr. McGregor's house after the man's death.
  • After being passed over for a promotion at the department store where he proudly works, Thomas thrashes various items off tables and even beats up a large, stuffed teddy bear.
  • Some mice use a human electric razor to shave fur off a fox's belly as he sleeps.
  • Some people refer to Thomas as being a "country bumpkin."
  • Knowing he's allergic to raspberries, the rabbits fire one into his mouth and he quickly must stab his leg with an epinephrine injector to keep himself from going into anaphylactic shock.
  • Thomas repeatedly lies to Bea about his relationship with the rabbits (pretending to be nice or even to save Peter's life from choking when he's really trying to harm or kill them). At the same time, Peter tries to get rid of Thomas, including with the use of violence.
  • Peter and his family and friends have booby-trapped Thomas' former house and throw a wild party inside that, all to drive the new owners away.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Peter balances on one foot right above an animal trap that he doesn't see below him.
  • Old Mr. McGregor comes after Peter with a rake.
  • Old Mr. McGregor says he's going to put Peter in a pie just like he did the rabbit's father.
  • Peter's jacket gets stuck on some wiring and Old Mr. McGregor nearly gets him with his rake.
  • We see a traditional style hand-drawn animation flashback to Old Mr. McGregor killing Peter's father off-camera and then his wife serving the man some rabbit pie.
  • Old Mr. McGregor catches Peter and menacingly lifts and holds the rabbit by his ears. But Old Mr. McGregor then suffers a fatal heart attack and falls over to the ground, with Peter poking his eyeball to make sure he's dead.
  • Thomas comes after Peter and Benjamin with a hoe and they hide under some clay pot planters. Peter escapes and Benjamin runs with his, slightly hitting Thomas in the crotch while passing beneath him. Thomas throws his hoe at Benjamin and that closes a fence gate that Benjamin slams into, breaking the pot. Thomas then throws two sharp gardening utensils at Benjamin and they land on either side of the gate by his head, thus allowing Thomas to grab and bag the bunny. He then drives off, with the other rabbits hopping into the bed of his pickup truck. Peter manages to pull the hood latch that makes Peter stop the truck, but he then closes the hood that slams onto Peter's ears, causing him pain. Thomas then goes to drop the bag with Benjamin inside it off a bridge and into a river, but thinks betters of it and then realizes the other rabbits switched out Benjamin for a pair of binoculars.
  • Knowing Thomas is allergic to raspberries, the rabbits fire one into his mouth and he quickly must stab his leg with an epinephrine injector to keep himself from going into anaphylactic shock (this is played for comedy, but kids with severe allergies might find this unsettling or scary).
  • Thomas throws various small sticks of dynamite (or similar) at the rabbits, causing explosions around them as they run through the garden. At one point, Mopsy says she's hit, but what she thinks is blood is really just exploded tomato.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Flopsy fires a slingshot and accidentally hit some birds.
  • Thomas dumps lots of dynamite (or similar) into the rabbit's den under a tree.
  • The rabbits throw veggies against Thomas' windows to lure him outside. There, they pelt him with veggies fired via slingshots (and similar band devices), and he has his hands over his crotch. When he moves them, however, they pelt him some more (although none of the impacts to his crotch double him over in pain as is the usual result in movies like this).
  • Thomas throws various small sticks of dynamite (or similar) at the rabbits, causing explosions around them as they run through the garden. At one point, Mopsy says she's hit, but what she thinks is blood is really just exploded tomato.
  • Peter uses Thomas' remote detonator to detonate lots of dynamite (or similar) in their den beneath a tree. That results in a huge explosion that fells the large tree that then lands on part of Bea's house, crushing her art studio.
  • Some guards at Buckingham Palace carry ceremonial rifles.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Pure evil," "Ridickio," "He's an imbecile," "Old crab bucket," "That'll do, pig, that'll do," "He was a real twit," "You're not the boss of me," "Easy peasy, lemon squeezy," "No guts, no glory," "Country bumpkin," "She apologizing the heck out of this guy," "Rabbit-cide," "Look away," "He's such an idiot," "I'm a real home-wrecker," "Kind of crushed it the first time" and "He's gone crackers again."
  • Peter steals veggies from Old Mr. McGregor's garden.
  • We see the very top of Old Mr. McGregor's butt crack as he's squatted down examining something in his garden and his pants are riding down a bit. Peter then indicates to the other rabbits that he's going to put a carrot down that man's butt crack and nearly does so.
  • Various animals throw a wild party in Old Mr. McGregor's house.
  • Thomas explains to store staffers about how their operation is run, including cleaning the toilet to the point that it's as clean as a drinking fountain. He then nearly sips from the bowl with a straw to prove that, but is interrupted.
  • After being passed over for a promotion at the department store where he proudly works, Thomas thrashes various items off tables and even beats up a large, stuffed teddy bear.
  • An otherwise sophisticated pig twice eats food in a crazed and fast fashion.
  • Some mice use a human electric razor to shave fur off a fox's belly as he sleeps.
  • Cotton-tail jumps down to a sofa, misses the landing, and thinks she's cracked a rib (in a comedy fashion).
  • Peter knocks another animal off a table so that he isn't seen by Thomas who's entering the house.
  • Thomas knocks some of the animals out of the house using a coat rack.
  • As Thomas drives, Cotton-tail gives him a "wet willy" in his ear by licking her foot and then sticking that into his ear.
  • Cotton-tail jumps down and lands hard in the bed of a pickup truck and then down onto the road beside that, thinking she's broken more ribs (played for comedy).
  • Peter kicks Thomas' face as the human holds the rabbit, followed by the two comically fighting each other, including bashing each other into window panes, landing on the other (not seen in full) and so on.
  • The rabbits booby-trap Peter's bedroom, resulting in him accidentally putting both hands into animal traps that snap shut on them. He then stumbles about the room, stepping on rakes where the handles hit him in the face or on the head repeatedly. He also sits on one of those animal traps by accident, and then slips in the hallway, lands in a wheelbarrow, and then bounces down the steps in that.
  • Despite being warned not to, a hedgehog grabs hold of an electric fence for the peanut butter on that. It receives a shock that sends many of its quills flying into the other animals and objects around them, but it and those animals are not seriously harmed. In fact, the hedgehog grabs hold of that line again after that.
  • The rabbits dance in unison in Thomas' place.
  • The rabbits have rewired Thomas' electric fence to his house so that when he touches the doorknob he's shocked back into a wall. He then does that a second time (same results), and then a third time with another door (same results). He then climbs out onto the roof where the downspout gives him a shock, and he receives another that sends him off the roof and down to the ground where Peter examines him and proclaims him dead (he isn't).
  • Knowing Thomas is allergic to raspberries, the rabbits fire one into his mouth and he quickly must stab his leg with an epinephrine injector to keep himself from going into anaphylactic shock.
  • Two of the rabbits stick carrots into a tailpipe to prevent a cab from leaving with Bea.
  • New owners have bought Thomas' place, but when the man tries to enter, he's shocked back hard against a wall when he touches the doorknob. His wife then tries and she too is shocked back and she smashes into him.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • The rabbits have rewired Thomas' electric fence to his house so that when he touches the doorknob he's shocked back into a wall. He then does that a second time (same results), and then a third time with another door (same results). He then climbs out onto the roof where the downspout gives him a shock, and he receives another that sends him off the roof and down to the ground where Peter examines him and proclaims him dead (he isn't).
  • New owners have bought Thomas' place, but when the man tries to enter, he's shocked back hard against a wall when he touches the doorknob. His wife then tries and she too is shocked back and she smashes into him.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of heavily dramatic, suspenseful and action-oriented music occurs in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see the very top of Old Mr. McGregor's butt crack as he's squatted down examining something in his garden and his pants are riding down a bit. Peter then indicates to the other rabbits that he's going to put a carrot down that man's butt crack and nearly does so.
  • As Peter and Benjamin go to sneak into Thomas' garden, they briefly and partially pop out of the open fly of a pair of human overalls hanging outside, thus creating a suggestive visual.
  • We briefly see Thomas shirtless after he's removed his shirt to go into a river to collect binoculars he dropped (the latter not seen).
  • Mopsy translates some lip reading of humans and incorrectly says that Bea has (what sounded like) a thing for most men's butts.
  • Peter pulls down Thomas' pants to reveal him in his boxers during a fight.
  • A rooster comments about fertilizing some eggs and later has a bunch of kids.
  • Thomas and Bea kiss.
  • SMOKING
  • Old Mr. McGregor has an unlit pipe.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Old Mr. McGregor says he's going to put Peter in a pie just like he did the rabbit's father.
  • We see a traditional style hand-drawn animation flashback to Old Mr. McGregor killing Peter's father off-camera and then his wife serving the man some rabbit pie. The film's narrator also comments on Peter's mom dying in the past.
  • Thomas hears that his great-uncle has died, but shows no grief as he wasn't even aware of the man.
  • We hear that Thomas was put into a group home after his parents died.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The original works on which the film is based.
  • Dealing with animals in one's garden.
  • Being passed over for a promotion at work.
  • The comment that sharing love is not losing love.
  • Using violence to try to drive others away.
  • Getting along with neighbors.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Peter knocks over some birds while in a hurry, and then bumps aside a fox chasing after another animal. It then chases him, but he uses a bent branch to knock the fox back.
  • An animal trap snaps shut on Old Mr. McGregor's beard.
  • Old Mr. McGregor catches Peter and menacingly lifts and holds the rabbit by his ears. But Old Mr. McGregor then suffers a fatal heart attack and falls over to the ground, with Peter poking his eyeball to make sure he's dead.
  • A male deer (or elk) blasts through Old Mr. McGregor's gate.
  • During a montage of the animals invading Old Mr. McGregor's house and partying, we see various characters bumping into each other and such, slapstick style.
  • After being passed over for a promotion at the department store where he proudly works, Thomas thrashes various items off tables and even beats up a large, stuffed teddy bear.
  • Cotton-tail jumps down to a sofa, misses the landing, and thinks she's cracked a rib (in a comedy fashion).
  • Peter knocks another animal off a table so that he isn't seen by Thomas who's entering the house.
  • Thomas knocks some of the animals out of the house using a coat rack.
  • Thomas comes after Peter and Benjamin with a hoe and they hide under some clay pot planters. Peter escapes and Benjamin runs with his, slightly hitting Thomas in the crotch while passing beneath him. Thomas throws his hoe at Benjamin and that closes a fence gate that Benjamin slams into, breaking the pot. Thomas then throws two sharp gardening utensils at Benjamin and they land on either side of the gate by his head, thus allowing Thomas to grab and bag the bunny. He then drives off, with the other rabbits hopping into the bed of his pickup truck. Peter manages to pull the hood latch that makes Peter stop the truck, but he then closes the hood that slams onto Peter's ears, causing him pain.
  • Cotton-tail jumps down and lands hard in the bed of a pickup truck and then down onto the road beside that, thinking she's broken more ribs (played for comedy).
  • The rabbits try to hold onto and run in place on the spinning axle of Thomas' truck, but it shoots all of them off that and they fly through the air and land on some filled bags.
  • Mopsy whacks Flopsy's ear to prove they're real.
  • Peter kicks Thomas' face as the human holds the rabbit, followed by the two comically fighting each other, including bashing each other into window panes, landing on the other (not seen in full) and so on.
  • Flopsy fires a slingshot and accidentally hit some birds.
  • The rabbits booby-trap Peter's bedroom, resulting in him accidentally putting both hands into animal traps that snap shut on them. He then stumbles about the room, stepping on rakes where the handles hit him in the face or on the head repeatedly. He also sits on one of those animal traps by accident, and then slips in the hallway, lands in a wheelbarrow, and then bounces down the steps in that.
  • Despite being warned not to, a hedgehog grabs hold of an electric fence for the peanut butter on that. It receives a shock that sends many of its quills flying into the other animals and objects around them, but it and those animals are not seriously harmed. In fact, the hedgehog grabs hold of that line again after that.
  • The rabbits have rewired Thomas' electric fence to his house so that when he touches the doorknob he's shocked back into a wall. He then does that a second time (same results), and then a third time with another door (same results). He then climbs out onto the roof where the downspout gives him a shock, and he receives another that sends him off the roof and down to the ground where Peter examines him and proclaims him dead (he isn't).
  • The rabbits throw veggies against Thomas' windows to lure him outside. There, they pelt him with veggies fired via slingshots (and similar band devices), and he has his hands over his crotch. When he moves them, however, they pelt him some more (although none of the impacts to his crotch double him over in pain as is the usual result in movies like this).
  • Knowing Thomas is allergic to raspberries, the rabbits fire one into his mouth and he quickly must stab his leg with an epinephrine injector to keep himself from going into anaphylactic shock.
  • Thomas throws various small sticks of dynamite (or similar) at the rabbits, causing explosions around them as they run through the garden. At one point, Mopsy says she's hit, but what she thinks is blood is really just exploded tomato.
  • Peter lands on Thomas and repeatedly kicks him in the face.
  • Peter uses Thomas' remote detonator to detonate lots of dynamite (or similar) in their den beneath a tree. That results in a huge explosion that fells the large tree that then lands on part of Bea's house, crushing her art studio.
  • Thomas tries to hit some of the rabbits when they show up in the department store where he works.
  • New owners have bought Thomas' place, but when the man tries to enter, he's shocked back hard against a wall when he touches the doorknob. His wife then tries and she too is shocked back and she smashes into him.
  • A fox runs over some birds.
  • A rake hits an animal in the face when it steps on that tool.



  • Reviewed February 3, 2018 / Posted February 9, 2018

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