A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Suggests that confronting fears is a way to get through them. Promotes friendship, loyalty, and teamwork. "Friends don't abandon friends." "Words can hurt." Good triumphs over evil.
Positive Role Models
The silly heroes (with many rattle-brained ideas) exhibit some admirable traits: determination, support for others, and sometimes bravery. Only one female hero; she is always the voice of reason. Villains are greedy animal hunters with a devious plan. Ethnic diversity among the human characters.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon hijinks throughout -- all funny, all the time, with spooky music, shrieking wolf sounds, shadowy silhouettes, a cackling villain, and a goofy-looking gaggle of "monsters" (various forms of the "Wailing Wampus Werewolf"). There are falls from cliffs, crash-landings, chases, shotgun blasts, hand-to-hand combat (man versus bear), bee attacks, and a careening mine car zipping through a glowing lava field.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A bear dresses up as a female with small pumpkins attached as "breasts."
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Potty humor abounds: "pee," "tinkle," "wet yourself," "butt," "tushie," and lots of "poo" jokes, including a lengthy scene in which the heroes track a werewolf via poo -- "precious doo-doo"; "poo is a window to the soul"; "Oh no, I ate a friend's poo!" Also includes some insults: "moron," "imbecile," "idiot."
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Products & Purchases
The fourth movie in this series. Some associated toys and products are marketed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Open Season: Scared Silly is the fourth movie from Sony Animation about a one-antlered mule deer and a grizzly bear who are BFFs. Joining the fun with Elliot and Boog are comic buddies and enemies who provide adventure in the picturesque town of Timberline. The franchise, noted for its plentiful, funny potty jokes -- much ado about "pee," "poo," butts, "tushies" -- and cartoon action -- in this case, a hunt for a legendary werewolf -- maintains fast-paced comedy, quirky characters, and slapstick jeopardy. Shotgun fire from a cackling villain, falls over a cliff, a mine cart careening over a raging lava plain, and some comically grotesque versions of a werewolf will scare only very young kids who aren't ready to deal with make-believe danger. Aiming for all-out fun with a few messages -- "face your fear," "words can hurt," "friends are always there for each other" -- grown-ups may enjoy the witty humor as much as the kids with whom they're sharing this offbeat trip through the forest. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Talented voice actors, along with a clever story and script, make this very funny film a cut above most direct-to-DVD fare for kids and families. The characters are rich with quirks and idiosyncrasies. Even the villains sparkle with originality -- the two Canadians selling their native "poutine" (French fries with gravy and cheese curds) are stellar. Most kids love potty humor, and this movie excels at delivering it. The scares and monsters are ridiculous to the max. Only the youngest among them, those who aren't comfortable with cartoon action, may find this movie too intense. Other than that, there are enough laughs and silly skirmishes to entertain even the most discerning kids and grown-ups.
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