Hoodwinked

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Red Riding Hood redo; bland with a bit of fun.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters lie, steal, and betray one another, but a general sort of goodness prevails.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish violence includes extreme sports and use of explosions, axes, guns, and vehicles.

Sexy Stuff

Throwaway remarks about worms' "girlfriends," the Wolf appears in drag as Granny.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a jerry-rigged version of Little Red Riding Hood, with jokes (verbal and visual) aimed at kids and adults, though not at the same time. The plot involves theft, cartoonish violence (including the use of explosions, axes, guns, and vehicles), and an extreme snowboarding semi-finale.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBramblestar November 4, 2018

What just happened?

I don't even know where to start. I'm still just 11 and I sometimes like animation, but this is straight up awful. It looks like a two year old got ah... Continue reading
Adult Written byRarityfan October 10, 2018

In the hood yo!

In the category of people telling a seperate story of how things had happened has been done a lot. Including Hoodwinked. Made more for the independent movie lov... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byethan97 May 27, 2020

BRILLIANT

Critics are full of shit. This movie is so fun and so good and critics give it shit! Check this movie out as it’s such a good time!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byDark-Shadow-the-Wolf April 19, 2020

The movie could use a little tweaks in animation, along with the voices.

First of all, the animation was pretty stiff. The ease in out sequence was good, but the graphics make the movement look stiff. Also the voice acting for Paul B... Continue reading

What's the story?

At the center of HOODWINKED is a mystery wherein police investigate a break-in at Grandma's house by the Goody Bandit. Granny (Glenn Close) is worried that her secret goody recipe book is missing, one of a series of similar thefts in the forest. The suspects are questioned by detective frog Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers), aided by Detective Bill Stork (Anthony Anderson) and Chief Grizzly (Xzibit). Each story ends in the bedroom: Red (Anne Hathaway), pausing during her deliveries of baked goods for Granny, discovers Wolf (Patrick Warburton) in the old lady's bed and Granny herself tied up in the closet; Wolf reveals that he's an investigative reporter hunting the recipe thief; and the Woodsman (Jim Belushi) is an actor in the process of practicing for a role who stumbled and accidentally crashed through Granny's window.

Is it any good?

The stories sort of intersect at repeating points of action, but the film lacks coherence and tact: all the gags slam against one another, like a set of sketches more than any sort of plot. This narrative sloppiness is hardly helped by the unimpressive animation, which makes the characters seem bloated and blocky, rather than engaging. The storytelling grows increasingly tedious (as does Andy Dick's twitchy bunny, Boingo), leading at last to a denouement full of extreme sports tricks and thuggy villains, all more frantic than amusing.

The target audience also seems conceptually mushy: most of the verbal gags aim at adults, the slapsticky violence might please kids, but these tracks remain divergent. Plus, with all its energy directed toward the hyper-actionation, the movie loses the fairy tale's creepy focus, namely, the little girl's engagement with the fuzzy beast pretending to be her grandma. Here, Red's martial arts skills rather undermine the threat, and place big bad Wolf -- and everyone else for that matter -- at a disadvantage. Bland rather than lively, Hoodwinked eventually peters out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Red's relationships with her friends and grandmother. How is it that everyone has secrets hidden from their closest friends?

  • How does the crime bring together a community in search of a common goal?

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