Open Season 3

  • Review Date: January 30, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

Common Sense Media says

B-team cast still delivers laughs, with less crude humor.
  • Review Date: January 30, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Although in the end, a male character realizes how important family is, the movie's plot focuses on going on "guy" trips and having "guy" friendships -- which plays into mixed messages about gender roles and the value of family (family obligations are depicted as a drag for the male characters, though not the females).

Positive role models

Some gender stereotyping -- male characters are somewhat buffoonish, and female characters are smart and organized. For example, Elliot's wife Giselle is the whistle blower and the character that everyone depends on to bring order to the community.

Violence & scariness

Bunnies are tossed around for sport. Perilous falls, bee stings, and lightning strikes.

Sexy stuff

A buck jumps out of a cake and does a racy dance for the ladies.

Language

“Butt,” “poop,” “caca,” and “sucks.”

Consumerism

Before the menu screen pops up, there's a three-minute long infomercial (starring characters from the movie) for Sony's new 3-D device.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Open Season 3 includes some mixed messages about gender roles and family life. On one hand, none of the guys can go on the guys' trip because of their family obligations, which are portrayed as a being a drag. On the other hand, Boog dearly wants to be part of a family. There's also some name calling and potty language ("butt" and "poop" etc.).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

It's springtime, and Boog (voiced by Matthew J. Mum) is gearing up for a guys' trip. But his pal Elliot (Matt Taylor) and all of the other guys in the forest are saddled with family obligations. So Boog takes his stuffed bear and goes on his own adventure. When he stumbles upon a circus, he falls in with a new group of friends, while the circus Grizzly, Doug (also voiced by Mum), goes back to the forest disguised as Boog. Though Boog falls in love and makes a new friend named Alistair (Dana Snyder), he's happy to see his forest pals when they come to rescue him.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The story isn't terribly intricate, and the cast of characters has been around the block before. But the jokes are still pretty fresh, and the pace is perky. Life at the circus has a fun and magical quality -- just like the real circus. In fact, Boog's new pal at the circus, Alistair the llama (Dana Snyder), is the diamond in the rough here, providing more laughs than the other characters put together.

The movie's guy-centered themes might leave girls feeling a little left out, even though the brains among the forest families clearly belong to the females. But alhough the star quality of the original is gone, there are still laugh-out-loud moments. And, best of all, most of the crude humor has evaporated.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what really goes on at the circus. Do you think that bears have their own trailers like they do in this movie? How should circus animals be treated?

  • Boog goes on a junk food binge that makes him act like he's drunk. Does seeing candy and junk food in a movie make you want to have some? Maybe these images have more of an effect than you realize.

  • Elliot can't go on the guys' trip because of family obligations. What do family obligations mean to you?

  • Do the men and women in your family act like the males and females in the movie? Do you recognize any stereotypes?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 25, 2011
Cast:Dana Snyder, Matt Taylor, Matthew J. Munn
Director:Cody Cameron
Studio:Sony Wonder
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Wild animals
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild rude humor

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Kid, 12 years old July 22, 2014
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7
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HORRIBLE!!

I've always been a fan of Open Season, but ever since I watched this, I STARTED HATING IT!!! How dare he let the love of a woman get in between his friendship? Friends are forever! He shouldn't have given all that up to live with the ugly bear girl in the circus. Not to mention the girl bear was ugly! Don't waste your time watching this junk kids, Open Season 1 and 2 were better. He can't just replace Elliot for a Ilama! That's not what real friends do!
Kid, 10 years old August 12, 2012
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4
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I never would've watched this.

Of course, my friend ALWAYS makes me watch the stupidest things. Not very funny at all. -Samantha (chocolatecake123)
Kid, 12 years old August 15, 2011
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3
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AWESOME!!!

I think kids (including me) will love this movie as much as I do!
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