Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
By Sandie Angulo Chen,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fairy tale sequel has tired jokes, tedious references.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie intends to entertain rather than educate.
The two major storylines make the point that being "number two" doesn't mean you're a failure unless you yourself believe that, that it's always OK to need help, and that you shouldn't let your pride get in the way of helping others. But the depiction of the Italian mob boss-like giant and the Eddie Murphy-imitating ogre might disturb some audience members. While not overtly racist, they could be off-putting to some viewers.
Positive Role Models
Red learns that she needs to ask for help and doesn't have to do everything on her own; Granny convinces Verushka that it's never too late to redeem yourself; and the Wolf discovers that he misses Red and that they complement each other as work partners. Some characters are stereotyped.
Violence & Scariness
Animated violence, trickery, and deceit includes martial arts-style confrontations, two overgrown characters that wreak havoc on a city (turning over vehicles, demolishing buildings), a giant that pounds and squashes things (as well as a character or two), and a group of pig thugs that uses weapons to try to eliminate their targets (via explosions, guns, car chases). Some characters are injured, but except for one villain who plunges to his (presumed) death, no one really seems to die. It's all intended to be very cartoonish and humorous.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two female squirrel visitors come out of Squirrely's mobile home to kiss him good-bye.
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One "damn," plus insults including "shut up," "doodie," "stupid," "little girl," "loser," and more. The word "muffins" is used as a stand-in for curse words.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fairytale-spoofing sequel is full of double-meaning jokes for kids and adults, as well as loads of cartoonish, action-style violence. Both the heroes and the villains know how to fight -- with their fists, feet, and fancy weapons. A couple of minor characters seem to be crushed or fall to their presumed deaths, but there's more property damage than actual injuries, and no overt deaths. There's also one use of "damn" and a fair bit of "insult" language ("stupid," "doodie," "shut up," etc.), and some families may be bothered by the somewhat stereotypical way that an ogre and a giant are portrayed. That said, there are a few positive life lessons about redemption and collaboration, not to mention that most of the best agents are female (like Granny and Red).
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What's the Story?
Now a full agent at the Happily Ever After (HEA) agency, Red (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) is studying with mysterious female warriors the Sisters of the Hood when she's unexpectedly called back into action to aid Wolf (Patrick Warburton) in freeing her Granny (Glenn Close) from the clutches of an evil witch (Joan Cusack). The witch is supposedly keeping young siblings Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler) hostage, but as it turns out, the candy-loving brother and sister aren't what they seem. While Wolf and Red try to put their differences aside to work together, a secret Sisters of the Hood recipe for a magic truffle falls into the wrong hands and bestows almost unlimited power on the story's greedy villains, who want to sell the truffles to their fellow criminals.
Is It Any Good?
There's no doubt that the voice cast assembled for this rather unnecessary sequel is talented. There's Oscar winner Close, Saturday Night Live alums Hader and Poehler, and ubiquitous animated-film veterans Cusack and Warburton. But all of the movie's inside jokes and references to sequels and Hollywood and Shrek and The Sopranos (to name just a few) don't feel sophisticated or well-written like they did when the first Shrek and Pixar films were released. The heavy-handedness of the humor isn't funny; it's alternatingly derivative and at times cringe-inducing (the "talk to the hand" ogre, the Mafioso giant, etc.).
Sure, there are a few laughs (there's a banjo-playing billy goat who keeps popping up and narrating songs before getting injured in sillier and sillier ways), but they're far fewer than you expect from of a family comedy. A lot of the jokes are lazily written -- even if it takes animated movies longer than live-action ones to produce, there's no excuse for punchlines that would've seemed dated when the original came out in 2006 -- and you're more likely to think "Really?" than respond with a laugh. With far better kid-friendly movies out there, this definitely isn't a must-see movie.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why fairy tale adaptations are so popular. Why do filmmakers want to remake these stories again and again? What do the different versions of the tales have in common?
Did any of the characters seem stereotyped to you? Is that OK? Why or why not?
Do you think this sequel will appeal to viewers if they aren't familiar with the first one?
- In theaters: April 29, 2011
- On DVD or streaming: August 16, 2011
- Cast: Bill Hader, Glenn Close, Hayden Panettiere, Joan Cusack
- Director: Mike Disa
- Studio: Weinstein Co.
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Fairy Tales
- Run time: 80 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some mild rude humor, language and action
- Last updated: January 6, 2023
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