Fierce Creatures

1997 PG-13 1h 34m DVD

Fierce Creatures

1997 PG-13 1h 34m DVD
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In this farce which reunites the stars of A Fish Called Wanda, failing zoo owner McCain brings in new manager Rollo, who wreaks havoc by implementing a "fierce creatures only" policy to increase profits. Zookeeper Bugsy tries to save all the timid animals, while McCain's son Vince does shady deals on the side and executive Willa must decide whose side she's on.
John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Ronnie Corbett, Carey Lowell, Bille Brown
Fred Schepisi, Robert Young
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this farce with a likeable cast -- all the same folks behind the popular heist comedy A Fish Called Wanda -- really digs into the sexual innuendo with a long-running joke about the main character's supposed wild sex life. Characters get undressed down to underwear and another gets sexually harassed by the boss' son. Violence is pretty mild, but includes gunshots and one unlikeable character dead. The zoo is plastered with sponsorship banners in a few scenes as a nice send-up of corporate greed run amok. Lots of language, including one "f--k."

Sexual Content

A very, very long-running joke about how Rollo must be having orgies (with zoo staff and, once, a sheep), but each time there's an innocent explanation. Willa is set upon by Vince McCain nonstop, who strips down to his underwear, asks if her breasts are real, and keeps propositioning her. Zoo staffers strip down to their underwear to find a rogue tarantula. Rod McCain is heard behind closed doors shouting "yes! yes!"


The audience and a horrified zoo staff are led to believe that five animals are shot by Rollo and then buried. One man is shot by accident and killed, and a number of characters (including a lemur) brandish guns either to falsely subdue animals or threaten others. Zoo staff fakes injuries from animals and Rollo tastes blood of one real injury to claim it's a fake. Plus an accidental stab wound in the leg.


One "f--king hell," and a smattering of everything else: "s--t," "hell," boner," "bitch," "t-ts," "boobs," "slut," "dammit," "kick ass," "bastard," "Japs," "a--hole," "dicks," "bloody," and "bimbo."

Social Behavior

Viewers get much food for thought on corporate greed and the pressure of being profitable at all costs.


Plenty on display in a few scenes, but all as part of a joke about sponsorships.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking of beer and champagne in a few scenes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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