6.9/10
2,885
27 user 65 critic

We the Animals (2018)

R | | Drama | 17 August 2018 (USA)
Trailer
2:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own.

Director:

Jeremiah Zagar

Writers:

Daniel Kitrosser, Justin Torres (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A theatre director's latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

Director: Josephine Decker
Stars: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The general manager at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Stars: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula
Skate Kitchen (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

Director: Crystal Moselle
Stars: Kabrina Adams, Emmanuel Barco, Tom Bruno
Wildlife (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

Director: Paul Dano
Stars: Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Private Life (2018)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.

Director: Tamara Jenkins
Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Gabrielle Reid
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Stars: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu
Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan
Burning (2018)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee
Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard
1985 (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

Director: Yen Tan
Stars: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis
Shoplifters (2018)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evan Rosado ... Jonah
Raúl Castillo ... Paps
Sheila Vand ... Ma
Isaiah Kristian ... Manny
Josiah Gabriel ... Joel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Holland Terry Holland ... Televangelist (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the Acclaimed Novel

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some underage drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We the Animals See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,357, 19 August 2018

Gross USA:

$400,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$434,743
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinereach, Public Record See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The movie takes place in the 1980s. But when the boys shoplift at the convenience store, the Visa logo displayed at the store entrance is the one which first went into use in the 2000s. See more »

Quotes

Manny: Yo, that was fucked up.
Joel: Nah, that was just fucking.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Small details add up to a powerful tale
2 September 2018 | by gortxSee all my reviews

WE THE ANIMALS lulls you into thinking it's a mere memory piece. Much of the film is made up of short scenes that are more snatches in time, than anything resembling a tight narrative. Jeremiah Zagar's debut film follows three young Hispanic boys as they grow up in the 80s in upper state New York - Manny, Joel and Jonah (Evan Rosado; who also narrates). Their parents Ma (Sheila Vand) and Paps (Raul Castillo) struggle not only with making ends meet, but, also in their volatile relationship. Although the family has moved from NYC to the more bucolic rural suburbs, their move isn't necessarily a happy one.

While the film may seem formless at times, the vibrantly shot and directed segments (lots of hand-held; grainy earthy 16mm film stock), accumulate over the course of the movie. A flashback might just seem like a fuzzy thought when it passes by earlier in the film, but, pays off later. Zagar's stylistic touches don't always work. Jonah's drawings in a sketch book get animated at certain points in the film, but, never really feel all too well integrated. What does emerge is a larger picture of a family battling both within and without. Paps' macho Latino father dominates not only the mother, but, also causes frissons within the trio of brothers.

WE THE ANIMALS can be taken as simply a flashback reminiscence (it's based on a memoir by Justin Torres), but, once you let it roll over in your mind, a more complete 'story' takes hold. And, it it's a powerful one. Zagar's film is a refreshing, if at times, painful feature.


15 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed