Here’s an irrefutable truth for ya: audiences LOVE talking baby movies, and also talking pet movies. They are undefeated at the box office, especially since they are usually family-friendly affairs for all ages. Not so much the new R-rated comedy Strays, which features a bunch of four-legged friends on a vengeful journey to bite a guy’s dick off.
Will Ferrell voices a naive dog abandoned on the streets by his selfish owner (Will Forte), and teams up with other stray mutts to return to the scene of the crime and bite the man’s penis clean off. Yep, that’s the plot. Of course, there will be other shenanigans of the canine variety, and basically this looks like Good Boys with dogs.
Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher, and Randall Park voice the other vengeful mutts. Josh gad, Rob Riggle, Harvey Guillen, Sofia Vergara, Brett Gelman, Jamie Demetriou, and Dennis Quaid have roles, as well.
Here’s the synopsis: When Reggie (Will Ferrell), a naïve, relentlessly optimistic Border Terrier, is abandoned on the mean city streets by his lowlife owner, Doug (Will Forte; The Last Man on Earth, Nebraska), Reggie is certain that his beloved owner would never leave him on purpose. But once Reggie falls in with a fast-talking, foul-mouthed Boston Terrier named Bug (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx), a stray who loves his freedom and believes that owners are for suckers, Reggie finally realizes he was in a toxic relationship and begins to see Doug for the heartless sleazeball that he is. Determined to seek revenge, Reggie, Bug and Bug’s pals—Maggie (Isla Fisher; Now You See Me, Wedding Crashers), a smart Australian Shepherd who has been sidelined by her owner’s new puppy, and Hunter (Randall Park; Always Be My Maybe, Aquaman), an anxious Great Dane who’s stressed out by his work as an emotional support animal—together hatch a plan and embark on an epic adventure to help Reggie find his way home … and make Doug pay by biting off the appendage he loves the most. (Hint: It’s not his foot).
Strays opens in theaters on August 18th, directed by Josh Greenbaum.