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Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Men & Chicken's bizarre setup only skims the surface of a challenging, well-acted comedy with a warm heart to match its grotesque visuals and dark themes.

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Men & Chicken is a darkly hilarious slapstick comedy starring Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal," ingeniously cast against type) about a pair of socially-challenged siblings who discover they are adopted half-brothers in their late father's videotaped will. Their journey in search of their true father takes them to the small, insular Danish island of Ork, where they stumble upon three additional half-brothers-each also sporting hereditary harelips and lunatic tendencies-living in a dilapidated mansion overrun by barn animals. Initially unwelcome by their newfound kin, the two visitors stubbornly wear them down until they're reluctantly invited to stay. As the misfit bunch get to know each other, they unwittingly uncover a deep family secret that ultimately binds them together. This inventively bizarre and outlandish comedy is directed by acclaimed, Oscar (R)-winning director Anders Thomas Jensen and also stars David Dencik (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.)

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Cast

David Dencik
as Gabriel
Ole Thestrup
as Flemming Abbott
Bodil Jørgensen
as Ellen Abbott
Kirsten Lehfeldt
as Ingrid Abbott
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Critic Reviews for Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (14)

There's warmth and heart beneath the grotesque exterior.

July 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It's a twisted existential grotesque that wrings thought-provoking pathos and even affection for the lunatics running the menagerie, no mean feat.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Occasionally rib tickling but more often gut churning, this turns largely on the spectacle of Mikkelsen, a respected dramatic actor and a Bond villain no less, being cast as a furiously dyspeptic nerd who keeps running off somewhere to masturbate.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

While this isn't the best movie you'll ever see, for the curious it's worth exploring.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You can't accuse "Men & Chicken" of false advertising: There are men and there are chickens.

May 5, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Jensen positions "Men & Chicken" as a fablelike ode to humanism and tolerance, but his obsession with brutish sexuality and mean, slapstick humor makes that claim feel unearned and glib.

May 5, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)

A bit of a sci-fi family drama as two entirely different adopted brothers look for and find the old familial stomping grounds ... only to be faced with the ugly reality that its not quite up to expectations. Late in the film we all discover the reason why, but not before the brothers are faced not only with their differences but with bonding in spite of them. There's heart in this mess, which may be the point of all families, eh?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Mads Mikkelsen is priceless - and nearly unrecognizable with a cleft lip, fake teeth and an eccentric composition - in this hilarious comedy that feels like a darkly humored mix of The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the ending feels a bit off.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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