The Angry Birds Movie

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Take an addictive phone app, contrive a plot to "explain" motivations, chuck in puns, a bit of potty humor and lengthy slapstick sequences, and you have the recipe for this inane 3-D animated adaptation. Co-directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly track the efforts of a trio of flightless friends (voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride) to defend the eggs of Bird Island from a band of invading pigs out to enhance their diet with yolky goodness. The straightforward plot is unlikely to confuse - and the scenes of combat unlikely to frighten - any but the very youngest children. Accompanying adults, on the other hand may well find themselves anxious for a speedy conclusion.

Watch out for: Mildly scary action sequences, fleeting scatological humor.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG

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