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 23 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 49 reviews

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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPixarMan2001 . January 14, 2021

A fable with a comedic twist. Very wholesome family fun.

This is an animated film that was not very popular at the time (it was released in January 2006, and January is the month where movies go to die) but it has gai... Continue reading
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
Teen, 15 years old Written byellie2803 December 28, 2020

one of my all time favourites!

I'm not even joking... I've been watching this film since I was about 8 and my God! it's so terrible that it's excellent. if you don't... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2021

Good!

This movie contains fun, jokes and action for the whole family to enjoy.

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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