Red Riding Hood redo; bland with a bit of fun.
  • Review Date: April 30, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 13, 2006
DVD release date:May 2, 2006
Cast:Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, James Belushi
Directors:Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Fairy tales
Run time:80 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for mild action and thematic elements.

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Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written byfierceshopper March 25, 2011

My boys and I loved it from age 6 on up (to 11 and counting).

I think the way CS describes the cheating, violence etc is way off base. I just loved this movie, and my sons did too. They are now 8 & 11, but have seen it a few times over the last several years, so I'd say it's fine for age 5 and up. The writing is smart, funny and quick and we all enjoyed the way the Roshomon-like storytelling comes together at the end. Really clever and fun.
Teen, 16 years old Written byTheGreatNoOne April 30, 2011

My mom hated it, I, on the other hand, liked it.

It was so much better than I was expecting. She bought it for me one day (she knows how immature I am), but I didn't pick it up until 2 years later when I was bored enough to check it out. At first, I found the animation to be a bit annoying, but you get used to it towards the middle of the movie. All I have to say is that it is very unique and weird. Wouldn't recommend watching it if you don't like crazy comedy. They're making a second one? ...Oh my gosh.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bypiebloxxerpie June 25, 2011


Funny movie, still watch it.


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