Rent Strays (2023)

3.1 of 5 from 110 ratings
1h 29min
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Synopsis:
Plucky pup Reggie (voice of Will Ferrell) thought he and his owner Doug (Will Forte) were playing an innocent game of fetch. It isn't until he meets Bug (voice of Jamie Foxx), a streetwise stray who says only suckers have owners, that Reggie realises his miserable master intentionally abandoned him in the big city. With two more pooches adding fuel to his furry fire, Reggie goes from cute to cunning as he and Bug concoct a crazy scheme to get back to Doug and give him a big bite between his legs. Revenge has never been this riotous, or this irreverent, as the hilariously absurd antics of these four furballs turn typical animal adventures totally upside down.
Forget everything you know about "dog movie" drama because this is one journey home that's off its leash and over the top.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Erik Feig, Josh Greenbaum, Louis Leterrier, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dan Perrault, Aditya Sood
Voiced By:
Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher, Randall Park, Rob Riggle, Josh Gad, Sofía Vergara, Jamie Demetriou, Greta Lee, Jimmy Tatro, Harvey Guillén, Jack De Sanz, Phil Morris, David Herman, Jaquita Ta'le
Writers:
Dan Perrault
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2023
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Talk Like a Dog
  • The Ultimate Treat: Making 'Strays'
  • Poop, Booms, and Shrooms and More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2023
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish DTS 5.1, English Audio Description, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Talk Like a Dog
  • The Ultimate Treat: Making 'Strays'
  • Poop, Booms, and Shrooms
  • And More!

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Reviews (1) of Strays

Oh nooooh - Strays review by GP

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05/01/2024

Actually not a 'Children and Family' movie (despite that being the genre marked on the label). This is the Judd Apatow of dog movies. I did laugh (once) but otherwise it was just scabrous and we didn't even last to the end.

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Critic review

Strays review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

With a marketing campaign wallpapering the R-rating as both a safeguard and point of pride, Strays is an “adult” film in the sense that a movie with a lot of profanity, poop, pee, sex, drugs, and erect penises is adult. But that’s all it has to offer, proving to be a barebones satire. Some stoners probably theorized a film idea where a dog movie had many cuss words. That idea probably evaporated amid the haze. Strays showcases the unfortunate result of pushing through this idea.

The premise is a simple one. Reggie (Will Ferrell) is a dog who has been conditioned by his owner, Doug (Will Forte), to believe that being called a “good dog” is a hard-earned label. Doug is abusive, however, and abandons the naive dog in the city. Separated from his master, Reggie learns from the more worldly dogs of Bug (Jamie Foxx), Hunter (Randal Park), and Maggie (Isla Fisher) the more honest depiction of the world. After a night of dog antics, Reggie realizes his owner is terrible, and that revenge is required to bring justice to his life.

Much like Sausage Party, this movie is overflowing with vulgarity as a replacement for a compelling story. There’s nothing with having a film that wants to find the humorous side of the gross stuff. The problem is that the grotesque nature doesn’t go far enough and becomes a tiresome exercise in the vulgar. After all, you can only make so many jokes about how dogs perceive the human world. Strays exhaust all of them, from dogs believing fireworks are humans starting a war to them peeing on everything for ownership. The whole film comes off like a kids’ dog movie using jokes that were discarded, not because they are too adult, but because they’re not clever.

Here’s the most frustrating aspect: This movie has a good joke. Remember the 2017 movie A Dog’s Purpose and how it was a sentimental drivel about a reincarnated dog helping his owner find love throughout the ages? Strays parodies this film by having Josh Gad reprise his role as the talking dog and describing his master more as a serial killer. That’s not a bad joke. The problem is that it’s the only decent gag, and it never goes further with the concept of parodying dog movies. Instead, this comedy goes through the motions of every other dog movie with little distinction beyond more bodily fluids and using more cuss words.

But what more should I expect from a movie like Strays? It advertised itself as being a “not for kids” dog movie, and it did deliver on that simple promise. True, but such films also posed the “adult” nature as The Happytime Murders, which increased sex, violence, and profanity was there was to the film. Consider a scene in Strays where the dogs piss on each other as a friendship pact. The voice actors do their best to ad-lib as much humor as possible for the minute-long group piss session. The dialogue is desperate and not all that funny. Thus, the joke in this scene is not the reaction to the piss; it’s the piss itself. And get used to this format, where the absurd moment of a dog’s pooping montage wears off quickly when even a blunt rap song can’t amp up the silliness.

There’s not much to praise about Strays beyond its technical expertise of composing believable dogs with the voice actors attached to them. Outside of that, there wasn’t a lot to bark about in this picture that feels like The Secret Life of Pets if it involved more penis jokes. Like a joke by a stoner, it’s a mildly funny idea that remains hilarious until the smoke clears and reveals little more than a mess.

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