Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck
  • PG
  • 1h 50m
  • 1986
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George Lucas presents Howard the Duck - the comedy adventure about a fast-talking, cigar-chomping, beer-loving duck from a parallel universe who somehow winds up in Cleveland! The incredible fantasy has Howard the object of everybody's desire, in love with a rock singer (Lea Thompson), and doing battle with the evil Dark Overlord as he attempts to return to his own planet. One of the most talked-about movies of all time, the wacky, elaborately produced spoof of life, love, comic books and horror movies is a hidden treasure the whole family can enjoy.

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Critics Consensus: While it has its moments, Howard the Duck suffers from an uneven tone and mediocre performances.
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Superhero spoof is awful -- and edgier than you remember.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though this PG film derives from a Marvel Comics superhero spoof, it's in sort of a no-duck's-land of an audience demographic, with the animal-costumed main character and childish sci-fi (and rock and roll) attitude mixed with satire, violence, and PG-13 raunch better appreciated by grownups. Howard smokes and drinks and reads the duck equivalent of pornography -- we have clues that he's sexually active with a number of lady ducks and nearly has a sex scene with the scantily-dressed human heroine. There is light swearing, and police-as-dumb-goons prevail among the stereotypes. Younger kids might be disturbed by the villain's monster mutations.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date:August 1, 1986
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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