Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roger Kumble|
|Produced by||Robert Simonds
|Written by||Michael Carnes
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Cinematography||Peter Lyons Collister|
|Edited by||Lawrence Jordan|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment
Nordisk Film (Denmark)
Furry Vengeance is a 2010 American family comedy film directed by Roger Kumble, produced by Robert Simonds and Keith Goldberg, written by Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert, co-produced by Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Robert Simonds Productions with music by Edward Shearmur and distributed by Summit Entertainment in the USA and Nordisk Film in Denmark. It stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Prokop, Ken Jeong, Angela Kinsey, Skyler Samuels, Ricky Garcia, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Toby Huss, Wallace Shawn, Gerry Bednob, Samantha Bee, Alice Drummond, Dick Van Dyke, Rob Riggle, Dee Bradley Baker and Brooke Shields. It was theatrically released on April 30, 2010. The film received negative reviews from critics and it earned $36,236,710 on a $35 million budget.
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In the wilderness of Oregon, a prairie dog screams after Riggs' (Rob Riggle) car passes by and throws a cigar at it. This causes an unnamed raccoon to signal a mink to release a boulder that pushes Riggs' car to the edge of a cliff, teetering back and forth. After that, the raccoon throws the cigar back to Riggs, who yells "you're a bad raccoon!". The raccoon then blows the car down the cliff. Riggs quits Mr. Lyman's company, so a real estate developer from Chicago, Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser), is brought in as his replacement. He is given the task of turning the forest into a residential development by his boss Neal Lyman (Ken Jeong). This all transpires much to the objections of Dan's son, Tyler (Matt Prokop), who discovers that Rocky Springs is a forest reserve. He warns his father that "many have tried to conquer it but they all fail". His wife Tammy (Brooke Shields) is unhappy in Rocky Springs, she misses her life in Chicago. Unfortunately for Dan, the animals, who are led by the raccoon refuse to sit back and watch their forest to be destroyed. They manage to turn the tables on him by disturbing his progress, interrupting his meetings, and humiliating him. So Dan signs orders to have a forest ranger capture and cage all the animals.
Meanwhile, Tammy is forced to plan an "eco-friendly" fair with a senile teacher (Alice Drummond) at the high school which is sponsored by Lyman's company, unaware of Lyman's plans to cut down the forest to build houses and a shopping mall "with a forest theme". Dan, figuring this out, decides to set the animals free. Once released the raccoon and his friends immediately wreak havoc on the eco-fair, causing the guests and entertainers to flee. Lyman accidentally tranquilizes the sponsor for the construction, Mr. Gupta, after he attempted to break their deal. He flees into a worm tunnel with the animals in close pursuit. The animals began attacking him, as a bear drives a golf cart, pulling the tunnel away into a bush.
Three months later, the forest is reclaimed as a nature preserve, with Dan working at the park as a ranger who fines anyone $1,000,000.00 for violating this ruling.
Summit Entertainment and Participant Media were involved in the development of the film. It was filmed in and around Boston, Saugus, and Topsfield, Massachusetts, United States. Steve Carell and Jeremy Piven were considered for the role eventually given to Brendan Fraser.
Songs appearing in the film include:
- "Gavotte" – Jeff Cardoni and Katisse Buckingham
- "Frank & Beans" – Chad Fischer [version by Count Smokula]
- "Insane in the Brain" – Transcenders (original version by Cypress Hill)
- "We Got It All" – Right The Stars
- "A-Punk" – Vampire Weekend
- "Surrender" – Ben Lee
- "Don’t Bring Me Down" – Jeff Lynne [version by Electric Light Orchestra (Lynne was the lead singer)]
- "Le Freak" – Chic
- "The Saddest Song" – Transcenders [version by Morphine]
- "Beautiful Morning" – Transcenders
- "Washington Post March" – John Philip Sousa
- "Cotton-Eyed Joe" – The Goodtime Stringband [version by Asleep at the Wheel]
Original music for Furry Vengeance was composed by Edward Shearmur.
Critical response and box office
Furry Vengeance was near-universally panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 8% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 91 reviews with an average score of 2.5/10, with the consensus being: "A thin premise stretched far beyond serviceable length, Furry Vengeance subjects Brendan Fraser -- and the audience -- to 92 minutes of abuse." It was the lowest rated film of 2010 until the release of The Last Airbender and Vampires Suck, which received a 6% and 4% rating, respectively. Another review aggretator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average based on reviews based on mainstream critics, calculated a "generally unfavorable" score of 23% based on 21 reviews. The film was also criticized for its use of some stereotypes, notably Asian people and senior citizens. The film debuted at #5 at the box office with an estimated $6.5 million during its opening weekend. At the end of its run, it came up with $32 million. However, it has earned at least $3 million with DVD sales, ultimately recouping the film's $35 million budget.
- Australia - April 1, 2010
- New Zealand - April 1, 2010
- United States/Canada - April 30, 2010
- United Kingdom - May 7, 2010
- Ireland - May 7, 2010
- Portugal - February 21, 2013
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Independent distributor Summit Entertainment is releasing the film, which it co-financed with Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi for about $35 million.
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