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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet, clumsy family film about saving owls.

Movie PG 2006 90 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+
age 2+

this is by far the best movie my friend and i have ever seen!!

Its awesome and hilarious and my friend and I have so many inside jokes quoting the movie. Teachers literally get mad at us for talking about the movie and watching it in class. WE LOVE HOOT!!!! I have also read the book, a special jewel of a book. Our favorite part is actually every part. There's never a dull moment. There is absolutly no doubt in my mind that it would be inappropriate and it's definitly a good movie for ages 1-100. This movie will knock your socks off, of course if you have socks on! i have watched this movie sooooo many times i can quote every line. Hire me for part 2, or any other Hiassen movies!!!!! To conclude, WE LOVE HOOT! Please make Hoot 2!!!!!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (23):

Sweet but clumsy, HOOT doesn't show much of the endangered burrowing owls that motivate the plot. Instead, it focuses on the three kids. Produced by Jimmy Buffett (who provides a score and an appearance as the wise science teacher), the movie's good intentions are repeatedly undermined by awkward pacing and editing, such that storylines collide more than coincide.

The movie tends to sanction bad behavior when the intentions are righteous. For instance, when the school bully Dana (Eric Phillips) starts picking on Roy, Beatrice steps in to defend him, leaving Dana stripped to his underwear and tied to a tree so her teammates can walk by and giggle at him. The villains, on the other hand, are broadly drawn and uncomplicated: The least irritating adult in sight is also the least relevant: Officer Delinko (amiable Luke Wilson) tries to help the kids but gets himself in trouble with his boss when Mullet Fingers spray-paints his cruiser's windows during a stakeout. Still, it's Delinko, who appears to be slow-on-the-uptake, who sees the children's righteous cause before anyone else. And so he helps them achieve their ends: thwarted corruption and shut-down bulldozers.

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