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Open Season



Animated animal buddy flick is crude but funny.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters break into a convenience store and binge on junk food; characters laugh at others' misfortunes; lots of bathroom humor involving toilets, butts, farts, spit, snot, underwear, and defecating. On the plus side, the main characters develop self reliance and self respect over the course of the movie, which also has messages about friendship, loyalty, and finding peace in a violent world.

Violence & scariness

A truck gets blown up with a propane gas tank; running gag about rabbits being abused (tossed about, thrown against windows); a character has acorns fired at him; wild scene involving characters going over a waterfall; slapstick violence throughout.

Sexy stuff

Double entendres involving sex, flirting.


"Butt," "bummer," "hairless pink pahookey."


Chevy trucks, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, candy items.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Boog is tempted by candy; characters are shown "high" on sugar and coffee ("It's like freedom in a cup!"); some smoking and drinking among characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is rife with bathroom humor involving toilets, poop, farts, spit, snot, and underwear. Younger kids will laugh at the obvious stuff and won't get the edgier humor aimed at older audiences. That said, some little ones might find the hunting-themed images -- guns, deer strapped to the front of trucks, hunters swarming the woods for fresh meat -- a bit disturbing. On the plus side, the movie might encourage older kids to put themselves in Boog's paws and consider what life is like outside their own neighborhood.

What's the story?

Martin Lawrence voices Boog, a domesticated 900-lb. grizzly bear who lives in a comfortable garage complete with a cozy bed, his own teddy bear, three square meals a day, and a TV he uses to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Though he refuses to admit it, Boog is a "pet" bear; his owner is a kooky, loveable park ranger named Beth (Debra Messing). One day while out and about with Beth, Boog sees a mule deer strapped to the front of a hunter's truck. The deer, named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), is actually alive, and begs Boog to untie him. Once free, Elliot barges into Boog's comfortable garage pad and quickly decides that the bear needs to be freed from "captivity." He lures his rescuer outside with a candy bar, and the two soon end up hopelessly lost in the woods. Boog has no bear skills whatsoever, so Elliot assures him that he knows the way back ... unfortunately, he doesn't have a clue. Meanwhile, hunting season is just around the corner.

Is it any good?


From some of the folks behind The Lion King and Monsters, Inc comes a zany animated flick about the oddest of couples, inspired by the work of cartoonist Steve Moore. Yes, the wacky-sidekick plot is tiresome, and if you're downright sick of CGI animal movies, you're not alone. But OPEN SEASON does have some funny moments. Lawrence and Kutcher have great chemistry, and the movie's messages about friendship, loyalty, taking care of each other, and finding peace in a violent world never go out of style.

With each adversity the bear and the deer face in the woods, Boog learns something about self-reliance, and Elliot gains newfound self-respect. Sure, it's been done before. But with a lively cast, colorful animation, and a storyline that moves along quickly, there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours. If you can get past the crude humor, Open Season is pretty funny. Parents may be bored, but kids will love it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of putting yourself in others' shoes. What if you went from a comfortable life -- like Boog's -- to having to fight for survival? Maybe that's a little weighty for kids under 10, but they'll get the message that it's good to nurture friendships and lean on each other through tough times. Families can also discuss the practice of hunting. Why do some people love hunting and others hate it? Why does hunting have to be regulated?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 28, 2006
DVD/Streaming release date:January 30, 2007
Cast:Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise, Martin Lawrence
Directors:Anthony Stacchi, Jill Culton, Roger Allers
Studio:Sony Pictures Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Wild animals
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some rude humor, mild action and brief language.

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Adult Written bymmaguiremichael April 9, 2008

Is that a Curse word in the main menu???

I could swear I heard a curse word in the main menu. when the small animals comes across the top of the menu sign, one is riding the other. I think one of then says " get off my tree you F***ing squirrel". Am I hearing things? Please let me know!!
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old April 15, 2011

Very awesome!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models