A suggestion that pig-whisperer Ambrose (Danny Glover) should have raised chickens instead is greeted with a toothy grin and the reply, “They’re too stupid. And they’re not family.” We all know the type of hardcore animal-lovers who place more value on the lives of pets than they do humankind. That’s precisely why 75-year-old Ambrose’s disapproval of the inhumane tactics of a second generation hog farmer makes it impossible for him to let go his $50,000 prize porker, Howie. Soon, an estranged daughter (Maya Rudolph) who wants desperately to reconnect joins her withering dad and his porcine pal on a last tour of Mexico. Delightfully disarming, this pig-in-cat’s clothing reworking of Harry and Tonto finds both stars operating in peak form. In his third outing behind the camera, writer-director Diego Luna quarries conviction and warmth, not nuggets of sentimentality. And a more felicitous, profoundly affecting curtain shot is not likely to come our way this year. Don’t miss it! (2016) — Scott Marks
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