Furry Vengeance is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert. It stars Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, and Ken Jeong with Dee Bradley Baker as vocal effects for the animals. It was theatrically released on April 30, 2010.
When Dan Sanders takes a job overseeing the construction of a supposedly "green" housing development in the Oregon woods, he thinks his greatest challenge will be helping his urban-oriented family adjust to country life while simultaneously trying to keep his demanding boss happy. But, when the local animals learn that Dan is in charge of their habitat's destruction, the fur flies in an all-out battle between man and nature.
Why It Sucks
- Although this is a family film, the humor is extremely unfunny, mean-spirited, nonsensical and disgusting. Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser's character) gets tormented by the animals throughout the entire movie.
- He gets flung into a bee's nest and sprayed on by skunks in his car. He also gets covered in feces after falling down a hill in a Porta potty (thankfully, we don't see him covered in feces).
- The movie tries to portray the animals as the heroes, but they are constantly torturing Mr. Sanders which makes them impossible to root for.
- Horrible acting, especially from Ken Jeong and Brooke Shields.
- Furry Vengeance killed the careers of its cast and crew.
- Director Roger Kumble (the director of the 1999 film Cruel Intentions) hurt his career so badly that he didn't direct another film until 2019.
- Brendan Fraser only made small supporting roles in live-action and animated movies and TV series due to the failure of this film until he was announced as part of the main cast of Darren Aronofsky's upcoming film The Whale.
- Alice Drummond essentially retired from acting before her death on November 30, 2016.
- Writer Michael Carnes hasn't written another mainstream film since this one.
- It severely damaged Robert Simonds' career as a producer, as he was relegated to an executive producer.
- Overuse of irritating cartoon sound effects.
- Terrible CGI effects, especially on the animals.
- Lackluster and bad musical score from Edward Shearmur.
- Abysmal editing. For example, after Dan's face is swollen from the bee stings, the bee stings are gone in the very next scene.
- The DVD cover has a dumb "best movie ever" review on it with five stars when it almost got universally panned by critics and audiences.
- The end credits are so unspeakably atrocious.
Upon its release, Furry Vengeance was universally panned by critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 7% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 2.53 out of 10 and a critics consensus that reads, "A thin premise stretched far beyond serviceable length, Furry Vengeance subjects Brendan Fraser - and the audience - to 92 minutes of abuse." It also holds a 23 out of 100 on Metacritic. It was the lowest rated film of 2010, until the release of The Last Airbender, which scored a 6%.
The film only grossed $36.2 million worldwide against a budget of $35 million. It was declared a box office disaster, despite it barely making its budget back.
Awards and Nominations
The film earned a Worst Picture nomination from the Houston Film Critics Society. It was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actress and Supporting Actor.
- Brendan Fraser admitted that he was ashamed of being in this film.