Parents' Guide to

Open Season 2

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Understated but funny sequel has some crude humor.

Movie PG 2009 86 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 5+

I found almost no redeeming qualities

I saw the first film and did not care for it much. This film I found had no redeeming qualities except perhaps, Crispin Glover and Georgia Engel. I am a big Glover fan and cannot resist Engel's trademark voice. But even these delightful additions are too weak to save this film. The gender jokes, the heteronormativity, the underlying violence and the us against them attitude is worn thin in this film and it is never made interesting.
age 8+

Animal Lovers-Caution

I think something parents should know is that there are very unsettling scenes of a poodle being burned. It is a bit hard to watch and you see burn injuries afterwards. These scenes upset me as a kid and I think that these scenes alone require parental guidance, especially if your kid is sensitive or copies things they see in media.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (13 ):

This sequel loses something of the star wattage of the voice performers in the original, but with Krakowski and Billy Connolly returning to their roles, it still entertains and amuses. In part, the entertainment value comes from the richly imagined characters, from a perpetually angry Scottish squirrel to a psychopathic French poodle named Fifi (Crispin Glover, who else?). The depiction of crazily devoted pet owners -- and the subtle way in which they have come to look like their pets -- is also effective.

But in the end, this is a buddy film, with Elliott realizing that to survive, he'll need the help of his friends -- and that includes his fiancé. What Giselle sees in Elliott is mystifying, between his hysteric tendencies and his unwillingness to commit, but since this is a movie aimed at kids, we'll give it a pass. It's a fine family entertainment choice that may have children rethinking their assumptions about the family pet.

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