Saturday 26 August 2023

REVIEW: Strays (2023) - Starring Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx

"Strays," is a 2023 American comedy film directed by Josh Greenbaum, a riotous ride through the lives of some very unconventional furry friends. 

For those who revel in off-colour humour and are comfortable with a liberal dose of crude jokes and sexual innuendos, this film is an absolute must-see. (Watch the trailer below and you will understand instantly the type of film this is.)

The film's narrative revolves around Reggie, a naive Border Terrier, and his rocky relationship with his owner Doug, a drug addict with questionable motives. The story takes an unexpected turn when Reggie finds himself stranded and encounters a street-smart Boston Terrier named Bug. Joined by a cast of colourful canine characters, Reggie embarks on a journey that unveils the truth about his past and the mistreatment he endured.

The voice cast, led by Will Ferrell as Reggie, Jamie Foxx as Bug, and Isla Fisher as Maggie, delivers comedic brilliance that brings the dogs' personalities to life. The diversity of voices ensures each character is distinct and memorable.

The Good
"Strays" brings a unique blend of humour to the screen, weaving together the misadventures of a lovable but misguided Border Terrier named Reggie and his motley crew of fellow strays. The film's standout feature is its ingenious use of CGI to make the dogs talk, effortlessly bridging the gap between human dialogue and canine antics. The film's real dogs, impressively trained, contribute to the authenticity of their characters and lend a heartwarming touch to the story.

The Bad
While the film's humour hits home for many, it's worth noting that "Strays" doesn't hold back on the more distasteful and raunchy elements. The abundance of milking jokes, in particular, might leave some viewers wondering if they've milked that joke a bit too much. Additionally, the film's explicit jokes and sexual content could easily be a turn-off for those seeking a more family-friendly experience. Furthermore, the film's light-hearted approach to animal abuse might be unsettling for some, as it skirts a sensitive topic.

Final Thoughts
"Strays" is a bold and unapologetic comedy that caters to a specific audience willing to embrace its raunchy adult humour and absurd situations. With impressive CGI, skilled dog training, and an ensemble cast that infuses life into their canine counterparts, the film's quirks and charms make it an entertaining experience. Just be prepared for the wild ride of humour and vulgarity, as "Strays" dares to venture into territories that might make some viewers blush or cringe. If you're up for it, though, you're in for a hilariously memorable escapade with Reggie and his furry companions.

I score Strays a solid 8/10

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