Strays is the latest comedy to grace theaters, starring
the voices of Will Ferrell as Reggie, and Jamie Foxx as Bug. When Reggie gets
abandoned by his owner in the city, Bug and his friends must assist Reggie come
to terms with his new life as a stray. Together, the group embark on a journey
to help Reggie find his way back home, with the goal of seeking revenge on his
What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The
Spoilers of Strays.
Strays is a comedy brimming with crude and crass
humor that consistently hits the mark. Throughout the film, audiences will find
themselves laughing at jokes that occasionally push, or leap over, the normal
limits. While much of the comedy is straight forward, I enjoyed some of the
more subtle jokes such as jabs at other dog-centric films like A Dog’s
Purpose. Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx do an exceptional job voicing the main
characters and truly bring them to life.
Once again, Strays is a crude comedy, but sadly it
doesn’t offer anything else. Despite the occasional effort to delve into deeper
concepts, these attempts are overshadowed by the prevalence of vulgar humor. In
moments where this deeper meaning was trying to be established, it instead creates
awkward pauses in the storyline, leaving audiences waiting for the humor to resurface
again. The overall story, while humorous, lacks dept and is too predictable.
My Overall Opinion
I give Strays a 6 out of 10.
Strays will appeal to a specific audience who enjoy
vulgar comedy with jokes that sometime push societal boundaries. Other than
being funny, the movie felt like your typical film about a pet finding their
way home. In essence, it can be described as an adult-oriented rendition of the
film Homeward Bound. I would recommend waiting for it to inevitably hit
a streaming service. Adapting this film to a level suitable for standard cable
broadcasting will be quite a challenging endeavor.