Open Season 2

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Understated sequel still delivers animal laughs.
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 86 minutes
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Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

This is a story of very different creatures working together as teams to achieve their goals. There are also lessons in forgiveness and finding out what's really important; that is, being with the ones we love and the ones who love us.

Violence & scariness

If you're a rabbit lover you may not cotton to the way rabbits are used like snowballs in a snowball fight, but the action is very cartoonish. Repeated threats of electrocution by dog collar may require some soothing of children whose homes have invisible pet fences.

Sexy stuff

Lots of male fear of commitment, but for a movie that starts with an animal wedding there is very little romance.

Language

No swearing, but potty mouth and dog barf humor pop up now and then.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a funny, occasionally crude animated comedy that pits wild animals against domesticated pets in a race to save a conflicted dachshund. The trappings of domestication – leashes, treats, RVs – are presented as entrapment, at least from the perspective of the "wilds." But it ultimately delivers a nice message about the devotion between pets and their owners. While it might be helpful to see the original before viewing this, it's not imperative - kids will still be able to follow along with the action.

User Reviews

Adult Written byaidans1 August 7, 2015
Parent of a 13 year old Written byDr. Weird September 11, 2010

Works.

A stupid plot, but it's still funny.
Kid, 12 years old June 7, 2011

My thoughts about Open Season 2

Open Season 2 is an awesome movie.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 27, 2013

Not as good

Not as good as the first one but still pretty good. Even though not similar much to the first one, still a great watch.

What's the story?

In this straight-to-DVD sequel to Open Season, OPEN SEASON 2 leaves the anti-hunting rhetoric mostly behind and takes on pet ownership. Elliott the mule deer (now voiced by Joel McHale) is supposed to be marrying Giselle (Jane Krakowski) as the movie opens. But Elliott has an attack of cold feet, conveniently explained by the disappearance of Mr. Weenie the dachshund – a former pet who has embraced live in the "vild" only to be lured back by his well-meaning owners en route to the Pet Paradiso RV resort. Elliott, Giselle, and a motley crew of forest animals take off in pursuit of Mr. Weenie, but don't anticipate the venom with which the dogs and cats of the RV park will fight the encroachment of the wild on their now-natural habitat.

Is it any good?

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 fiancc. 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mr. Weenie's dilemma. If you have pets, do you think they ever wish they were free? What would be the pluses and minuses of being free for an animal used to living inside? What do you think wild animals might envy about domesticated life?

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