A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is a story of very different creatures working together as a team to achieve 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. On the other hand, much of the humor comes from either engaging in or coming very close to engaging in stereotypes of ethnicity, region, and lifestyle.
Positive Role Models
The animals make lots of jokes concerning flatulence, urination, defecation. While they do work together, no characters emerge as clear positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Rabbits are used like snowballs in a snowball fight. Scene of a dog getting electrocuted. Cartoonish pratfall violence: animals falling and losing their antlers, a gas station explodes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
For a movie that starts with an animal wedding, there is very little romance. Lots of punny double entendre jokes about "racks" and "nuts." Animal character makes reference to "grown-up time." One dog says to another dog, "Your doghouse or mine?" A gas station attendant's rear end crack is exposed.
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Animal almost says "pansy-ass" before he's stopped from saying it. Frequent double entendre: jokes revolving around use of the word "nuts," and phrases like "grabbed Mr. Weenie" (the name of the dog). A flirtatious dog says to another dog, "Your doghouse or mine?" When Elliot gets new antlers, there are jokes concerning his "new rack."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Open Season 2 is a 2008 animated comedy in which a deer questions his looming marriage and a dog that has lived out in the wild returns to the world of the tame. This is a funny, occasionally crude animated comedy that pits wild animals against domesticated pets in a race to save a conflicted dachshund. There are frequent moments of potty humor. Puns and double entendre with words like "nuts" and "rack" are abundant. Animals talk of needing "grown-up time," and one dog says to another, "Your doghouse or mine?" There are jokes revolving around a dog named "Mr. Weenie." A gas station attendant's rear end crack is exposed. There's a lot of cartoonish pratfall violence. Some of the character voices feel a lot like stereotyping by ethnicity, region, or lifestyle. 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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 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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