"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is based on the book "Wild Pork and Watercress" by Barry Crump. The plot centers around young teen Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) who is placed into a foster home in the country by New Zealand child protective services. When Uncle Hec's (Sam Neill) wife Bella passes away suddenly, it is decided Ricky will be placed with another family. However, Ricky has other ideas and runs away into the bush, with Uncle Hec soon following after him.
When child protective services return to the house and can't find Ricky, they determine he's been abducted by Uncle Hec and a huge national manhunt commences. While on the run Ricky and Uncle Hec encounter lots of different characters along the way, and it all ends in a pretty spectacular chase scene as the social worker (Rachel House) finally gets her target. While I don't think it's as funny as Waititi's 2014 film "What We Do In The Shadows," "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is an offbeat and charming movie with a unique Kiwi sense of humor.