Rent Rio (2011)

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1h 31min
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Synopsis:
Blu is an exotic pet bird who believes he's the last of his kind. But when his owner learns about Jewel, Blu's female counterpart in Rio de Janeiro, they set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Even though he's never learned to fly, Blu befriends a group of wise-cracking city birds who help him find the courage to spread his wings and follow his destiny!
Directors:
Producers:
Bruce Anderson, John C. Donkin, Chris Wedge
Voiced By:
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Karen Disher, Jason Fricchione, Sofia Scarpa Saldanha, Leslie Mann, Kelly Keaton, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Rodrigo Santoro, Gracinha Leporace, Jamie Foxx, Will i Am, Phil Miler, Bernardo de Paula
Writers:
Carlos Saldanha, Earl Richey Jones
Others:
Siedah Garrett, "Real In Rio" song; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/10/2011
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, German, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/10/2011
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English, Portuguese
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour

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Rio review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

After seeing the main characters of this movie countless times in the irritating mobile phone advert many may be somewhat dubious about the quality of the film itself, but I can assure you, you will be pleasantly surprised.

The film tells the story of a rare exotic bird poached from its natural habitat in Brazil as a chick and then lost en route in America. He is rescued by a child who he then grows up with. The bird, Blu, is treated to a life of luxury – at least as far as he’s concerned – until one day a strange ornithologist appears and tells his owner, Linda, that he is the last known male of his kind and is desperately needed to save his species. So the trio travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to meet Jewel the last known female.

However whilst in the Avery both Jewel and Blu are stolen and taken to a group of smugglers who see them as little more than monetary gains.

The majority of the film is taken up with Blu’s struggle to be reunited with Linda and the blossoming romance between him and Jewel.

In many ways this film is quite dark, dealing with issues of abandonment, threatened species and poaching, it takes a peek into the very real and very dangerous Brazilian underworld which for an adult viewer is quite disturbing.

Having said that there is no doubt that kids will love this film too, there are a few fun and loveable characters as well as your inevitable scary bad-guy that is very reminiscent of Walt Disney’s Scar in The Lion King. The few songs that litter the runtime along with the excellent jokes that cross the levels between child and adult make this a very watchable film, one of the best children’s films of the year.

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