Open Season 3

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Open Season 3 Movie Poster Image
B-team cast still delivers laughs, with less crude humor.
  • PG
  • 2011
  • 74 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.


“Butt,” “poop,” “caca,” and “sucks.”


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

What 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.).

Wondering if Open Season 3 is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan2019 January 11, 2020

For Mother Russia

Classic Open Season franchise includes lots of slapstick and out of context.
Written byAnonymous June 25, 2017

"MALES and FEMALES are also positive, smart, buffoonish, and messages from Open Season 3"

Males are also doing positive and messages organized, females are also smart than males, before saving that bear in Circus.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMrMason2004 March 4, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byybco124 January 30, 2016


ITS ONE OF THE WORST OPEN SEASONS. Don't get me wrong all of the others made me smile and love open season but this was a disappointment. First of all the... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love animal movies

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate