Strange Wilderness

2008 R 1h 26m DVD

Strange Wilderness

2008 R 1h 26m DVD
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When their wildlife show is threatened with cancellation, host Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) and soundman Fred Wolf (Allen Covert) attempt to boost their flagging ratings by going in search of the most elusive beast of all: Bigfoot. But will the duo's big plan turn out to be just another hoax? Although this raucous comedy's main characters are named after real-life screenwriters Fred Wolf and Peter Gaulke, the events are purely fictional.
Jake Abel, Krista Allen, Kevin Alejandro, Sheryl Chambers, Ernest Borgnine, Terrence Beasor, Eve Curtis, Allen Covert, Ayda Field, John Farley, Spencer Jambor, Alison Kay, Justin Long, Sheila Lussier, David Mattey, Alex Craig Mann, Emilio Rivera, Robert Patrick, Ashley Scott, Steve Zahn, Meg Wolf, Kevin Heffernan, Harry Hamlin, Jonah Hill, Jeff Garlin
Fred Wolf
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this over-the-top gross-out comedy from Adam Sandler's production company is riddled with crude jokes, some of which are (most likely quite intentionally) offensive: Characters make fun of how Mexicans speak and talk about women as if they're nothing more than sex objects. Even animals are sexualized (yuck). There's some nudity -- random women dancing bare-breasted in thongs and close-ups of male genitalia -- and frequent drug use (particularly marijuana). The characters swear a blue streak, especially favoring "f--k" and derivations thereof).

Sexual Content

Lots of crude jokes about sex and body parts; one scene shows bare-breasted women dancing; a man's mangled genitalia are shown up close; scenes of animals mating; a turkey fastens its beak onto a man's genitals; a camera catches a man having sex with someone else's wife; countless jokes about the name "Dick."


Clips of vultures feasting on a dead zebra's head; friends take a swing at each other; a man regales a crowd with stories of why his private parts are mangled; a TV crew is killed, with one man's torso cut in half (the scene is played for laughs); a man hits another with a frying pan; scenes of people attacked at sea, with the water turning bloody.


A blue streak. There's a constant barrage of "f--k" (and "motherf--ker"), "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," and more.

Social Behavior

Peter has a soft heart, but he's also lazy, obnoxious, and crude. He lies and does whatever is necessary to get what he wants, and he's chauvinistic and prejudiced, too (women are treated as sex objects, and Mexicans' speech is mocked). His competitor belittles him, and his crew clearly doesn't respect him. But it's apparent that Peter is proud of his father and wants to save his legacy. And buried somewhere amid the bad jokes is a message about the value of friendship.


The logo for the fictional TV station that airs Peter's show, KPIP, is clearly visible a few times, as is the one for his show (also named Strange Wilderness).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of scenes of characters smoking marijuana (sometimes with bongs). One character is an alcoholic. A trip turns into a free-for-all when everyone inhales nitrous.

  • 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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