A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.).
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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?
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