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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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. Humor also mined from cultural and ethnic stereotypes in terms of mannerisms and accents. 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.
Positive Role Models
The park rangers are the only characters who aren't rooted in at least some stereotyping; they are shown to care for the animals in the wild and enforce the hunting laws for those who poach on the protected lands. Rural hunters portrayed as ignorant and selfish. Humor derived from accents and mannerisms veers very close to stereotyping. A hippie character is perpetually spacey and blissed-out.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence throughout. Animals do battle with acorns, porcupine quills, skunk spray, etc. A hunter in a truck tries to run over a deer he had kept strapped to his hood in an earlier scene. This hunter is often shown shooting at the characters. 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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Double entendre involving sex, flirting.
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"Butt," "bummer," "hairless pink pahookey." Some believe the word "bucktoothed" mouthed by a character with a Scottish accent sounds like "f--k." In a different scene, animals in the woods call "fight" the "F" word. Some double entendre involving the use of the word "nuts" by a squirrel.
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Products & Purchases
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. After consuming too much sugar, Boog behaves like someone drunk on alcohol: stumbling around, slurring his speech, even throwing up. The next day, he behaves like someone suffering a painful hangover.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Open Season is a 2006 animated movie in which a tamed bear who ends up in the wild finds his true place. 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. Plays on words such as "nuts," "Mr. Happy," and "Mr. Weenee" are abundant. Without the benefit of subtitles, it sounds to some as if a squirrel with a thick Scottish accent is saying "f--k" when he's actually saying "bucktoothed." Much of the humor is also rooted in stereotypes of Scottish men and Latinas, as well as groups like hunters and hippies. 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. There's cartoonish violence throughout. Animals do battle with acorns, porcupine quills, skunk spray, etc. A hunter in a truck tries to run over a deer he had kept strapped to his hood. This hunter is often shown shooting at the characters. A truck gets blown up with a propane gas tank; running gag about rabbits being abused (tossed about, thrown against windows). Also, a bear is shown behaving as if drunk after consuming too much sugar; he stumbles around and slurs his speech and acts as if he's suffering a painful hangover the next day. 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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