Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx star in the newest movie streaming on Peacock, Strays. While there is certainly a distinct genre classification for lovable dog movies, Strays does not fit inside of that bubble.
Strays, featuring dog characters voiced by Jamie Foxx and Will Ferrell, is streaming on Peacock.
It’s a great animal movie, but you won’t find a cacophony of sweet pup moments as you watch. The makers of the film do attempt to draw an emotional reaction from viewers from time to time, but it’s typically capped with some off-color humor. Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, and the rest of the Strays are quite the motley crew of crude and animalistic characters on a mission.
The movie features four dogs, Reggie (Will Ferrell), Bug (Jamie Foxx), Maggie (Isla Fisher), and Hunter (Randall Park) who join together to help Reggie find his way back home in order to exact revenge on his deadbeat owner.
Doug is such a terrible dog owner that, initially, Reggie doesn’t even know his name. He thinks his name is Sh**bag or F***nugget.
Will Ferrell does an excellent job at communicating Reggie’s naive positivity in Strays, and Jamie Foxx is perfectly cast for the role of Bug. Isla Fisher lets the audience know that Maggie isn’t a woman to be trifled with, and Randall Park puts on a faultless performance as Hunter (the underconfident, shy, big dog of the group).
Reggie and his owner, Doug (Will Forte), have an extremely dysfunctional relationship. However, Reggie refuses to see it for what it is. Instead, he approaches the situation with undying eagerness and an innocent hope for the future.
Doug is such a terrible dog owner that, initially, Reggie doesn’t even know his name. He thinks his name is Sh**bag or F***nugget. When he meets up with Jamie Foxx’s character, Bug (an adorable Boston Terrier), the stray helps him to remember that Doug’s ex-girlfriend used to call him Reggie.
The whole reason he meets up with Bug in the first place is because Doug plays an evil game of fetch that is intended to make Reggie go away forever. Doug will drive far away from home, throw Reggie’s tennis ball, and drive off while the dog runs to fetch the ball.
Reggie calls the game “Fetch and F**k” because Doug always says “fetch” when he throws the ball and “f**k” when Reggie returns home sometime later with the ball in his mouth. Jamie Foxx and the rest of the Strays come into play when Doug’s last game left Reggie lost in the middle of the city.
The movie is hilarious, but it definitely requires a certain type of audience to be enjoyable.
Once Reggie really gets a clue about how terrible Doug is to him, he purposes himself to return home for revenge. He plans to bite Doug’s “member” off, and Bug, Hunter, and Maggie plan to help.
Jamie Foxx and Will Ferrell set up Strays to be the raunchy comedy version of Homeward Bound, and it definitely showcases some great doggie adventures along the way.
Their adventures begin with a fun night in the city. They drink beer from restaurant garbage bags, hump random lawn gnomes, run for their lives from some treacherous fireworks, and pee on each other in solidarity. Bug gets picked up by a giant hawk in a park (which signals a pop-up appearance by Dennis Quaid).
The Strays scavenge for food, only to find a patch of mushrooms to eat, and their resulting “trip” turns quite traumatic. Then you get the required dog pound scene when the group gets picked up by some park rangers.
Jamie Foxx and the rest of the Strays come up with a crafty plan to escape from doggie jail, which produces quite a sh***y outcome, and traverse a few other obstacles along the way. They even encounter the giant “devil in the sky” and give him a few choice words of their own before moving on with their mission.
The movie is hilarious, but it definitely requires a certain type of audience to be enjoyable. If you like a good dirty joke, lots of crude dog humor, and you don’t mind an excess of foul language, then this movie will prove quite enjoyable.
However, it should be noted that Jamie Foxx’s Strays is not a movie for kids. It’s not a family-friendly flick, folks. It comes with an “R” rating, and director John Greenbaum did plenty to earn the rating. If you want to see for yourself what all the hype is about, you can find Strays streaming now on Peacock with a subscription to the channel.