Appropriateness Rating: Don’t miss it.
Entertainment Rating: Awesome
Bushwhacked is an excellent movie about a delivery man, Max, who gets into trouble when he delivers packages of stolen money for a criminal. The criminal fakes his own death and Max gets blamed for it. He grabs a gun from the FBI men trying to arrest him and goes on the run. While on the run, trying to find out why he was blamed for a crime he didn’t commit, Max ends up being mistaken for a scout leader and given a group of eager children to go camping with. He knows nothing about camping and this mistake becomes the start of a hilarious adventure. This is an excellent family movie with a couple of inappropriate parts – don’t miss it!
Warnings: some rude language, rude scene involving someone trying to describe intimate relationships to children, etc.
There are a couple of instances of rude language in the film especially when the boys in the camp group are talking about girls in the beginning of the movie.
While camping in the woods the children ask Max to explain to them how babies are made – ie, how intimate relationships between men and women happen. This entire scene should be skipped not only for the content, but also for the way in which it is handled, which is very rude. It will be easy to tell when they begin talking about this matter and you should then skip forward immediately.
There is also a scene in which the boys need to use the bathroom in the woods and Max encourages them to do it off a cliff edge. It turns out that bad guy – the FBI man who helped the criminal frame Max and is now trying to catch him – is at the bottom of this same cliff and he gets sprayed. This scene should again be skipped.
Messages: changing for the better, working together, justice
Throughout the movie Max is on a quest to prove his innocence and get justice and when the children he’s with learn that he was unjustly accused of a crime they try to help him. There is a strong theme of justice and also of changing for the better as the kids teach Max not just some camping skills, but also some decency and kindness.
And it’s only by working together than the children and Max make it through the adventure to the end of this tale. Each of them has a strength or a skill that ends up being useful in their journey.
Overall, I would highly recommend this movie, just be ready to skip the inappropriate parts and if you watch it on your own before showing it to children it would be better.