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Hoot (2006)

Luke Wilson , Logan Lerman , Wil Shriner  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Logan Lerman, Tim Blake Nelson, Brie Larson, Clark Gregg
  • Directors: Wil Shriner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5MH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hoot" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Wil Shriner and author Carl Hiaasen
  • 6 featurettes: "Jimmy Buffet: Filmmaker in Paradise," "Director on the Set," "Meet the Kids in the Cast," "Animals in Action," "Meet the Creator of Hoot," and "National Wildlife Federation."
  • Blooper reel
  • 3 DVD-ROM games

Editorial Reviews

From Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise) and based on the best-selling book, Hoot is a classic story that is fun for all ages. When a boy and his classmates realize that a population of endangered, burrowing owls is threatened by new construction, the kids decide to take on crooked politicians and bumbling cops in the hope of saving their new friends.

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
It always makes me nervous when a film is promoted with: FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU..... or IF YOU LIKED .... YOU'LL LOVE ....

In this case it is fair to let the viewer know that they can expect the same quality adaptation of the award-winning book as HOLES, BECAUSE of WINN DIXIE, and CHRONICLES of NARNIA. Hoot, like these films, is very true to the spirit of the Carl Hiaasen text and like those films is an excellent movie to see even without having read the books (if you choose THAT strange path.)

"EVERYBODY in AMERICA WANTS TO LIVE IN FLORIDA...EVERYBODY BUT ME," says Roy Eberhard, a 14 year-old who's moved around too much, this time leaving Montana thanks to his dad's job transfer. Roy (played well by Logan Lerman) is the new kid-- in humid fictitious Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same routine: by himself at lunch, no friends, and thick-head, thick-necked bullies pushing him around. But if not for the bully mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the barefoot running boy, who only goes by the handle "Mullet Fingers (Cody Linley) a blond streak, faster than anybody. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met bully-beating Beatrice (played by Brie Larson). And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in a nearby lot. And if not for the owls, he probably would have missed out quite an adventure. Hoot is the story of an ecological mystery, with a Florida setting and pro-environment, anti-development message made up of endangered miniature owls, heartless developers scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the system, getting grown-up attention and save some owls.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie May 7, 2006
We really enjoyed this great family movie. We're surprised that some critics gave it bad reviews. It was fun and funny. The kids interacted in good ways. The story was interesting throughout. We liked the cast and we found ourselves humming the music on the way home. We felt like we'd been on a vaction to Florida. The scenery was beautiful and the owls were awesome. There was no violence or swearing or special effects. Just a good story about good kids who care about the world around them. It's a good movie for all ages and our whole family (ages 8 to 51) recommends it highly! Go and see it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoot : 5-star book and 5-star movie August 22, 2006
What do you get when you cross an endangered species of owls, three young teenagers, and pancakes? You get HOOT!

This movie was based on Carl Hiaasen's Newbery Honor book of the same name, and was his first book for all ages. And like the book, the movie is hilarious, gross, quirky, original, and wacky all at the same time. It followed the book very closely, and even kept the funny part with the alligators in the Porta-Potty.

I liked Jimmy Buffet's music, and enjoyed seeing him in the role of Roy's teacher. If only all teachers were that cool!

And just like the book, the movie HOOT is about school bullies, greedy developers, corrupt politicians, clueless cops and middle-school screwballs of all persuasions. The movie made you feel like you were right there with the characters from the book.

And like the book, I rate this movie five out of five stars because it is so funny and so witty that almost anyone will enjoy it. Some very good friends took me to see it for my birthday the week it came out (thanks Michelle, Shayne, Kylie & Kevin), and it was one of the best I've seen this year.

I liked the movie HOOT so much that I bought the DVD here this week. Now I'll be able to see it and share it with my friends whenever I want.

I hope that I can get somebody to buy me the music CD, becasuse what I heard sounds great. My favorite songs were "Good Guys Win" and Floridays" but my Dad's favorite was "Werewolves of London".

Thanks for reading my first movie and DVD review!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will bring the hero out in you June 28, 2006
Super family movie, great for all ages! This is a movie that will inspire your children to see the small things in life can make a difference, all you have to do is care. Roy, the main character, is a teen aged boy and a new implant in a Florida coastal neighborhood, as his father has moved them once again due to his job. As Roy is challenged to make new friends at his new school, he looks to a friendship that comes with dangerous mischief and finds himself an unlikely hero inspired by his law practicing dad. He identifies that a large contracting firm is about to bulldoze right over the natural habitat of a nationally protected wood owl. Corporate pressures and big dollars generated by the proposed Pancake House threaten the livelyhood of these precious baby owls. Roy and his new friends fight the contracting firm with smart distractions and legal loop holes. This is a feel good movie and has well developed characters. This story is based on a true story, unreal!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiddie Conservation April 27, 2007
"Hoot" tells the story of three unlikely heroes, Roy, Bea, and Mullet Fingers (Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, and Cody Linley, respectively), who attempt to thwart the construction of a new pancake house in Florida on land that is inhabited by federally-protected burrowing owls. Young Roy has just moved to Florida with his family from Montana. As is with most tween-aged tales, he's an outcast who gets bullied, picked on, etc. Through a series of funny events he becomes good friends with the bully who bullies bullies, Beatrice, and her tree-hugging brother, Mullet Fingers. Up until the point where the three begin working together, Mullet Fingers has done the bulk of the dirty work at the jobsite by sabotaging contractor Curly's (Tim Blake Nelson) survey stakes, releasing cottonmouths on the property, and a few other things. When Roy enters the picture, evidence is uncovered that will shut down the construction completely. Of course, the main problem is that they are just three kids. Who'll listen to them?

As the story rolls along we get to meet "buffoon-in-blue" Delinko (gamely played by Luke Wilson) and Roy's cool science teacher, Mr. Ryan (Jimmy Buffett). Robert Wagner shows up in a brief but funny role as the city mayor. The cameras also give us a healthy dose of Florida's beautiful beaches and the swamp and her creatures that Mullet Fingers loves so much.

Some have stated that this movie promotes eco-terrorism and they do have a little bit of an honest gripe. What Mullet Fingers does is illegal, but so is what the pancake house is attempting to do. Both sides are wrong in the matter, but Roy's use of the legal system shows the viewer that stealing dozer seats and tearing out specific pages of a document eventually prove to be empty ventures.
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2.0 out of 5 stars meh!
Horrid, acting and story. I remembered it to be better. Oh well, I paid 2 cents and my library will get a video that kids will like. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. The kids enjoyed it
Great movie. The kids enjoyed it. Ages 6,9 and 11.
Published 20 days ago by Heath Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read aloud
We read the book and then watch movie to discuss the differences between reading and viewing to develope critical thinking skills
Published 1 month ago by Celeste
4.0 out of 5 stars 6th graders approved of this movie
I bought this movie for my classroom. The story is funny and touching. My 6th graders loved it! I also used it as a teaching tool for studying ecosystems.
Published 1 month ago by Kim Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids' Favorite
My children love this movie. They read the book in their classroom and then watched the movie. Was at the top of their birthday list. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan West
5.0 out of 5 stars Save the Owls!!!!!
As outstanding as any Haison novel for the young and young at heart!!!!!!! A must read for anyone who cares about the environment.
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline P. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Bought this for my 6th graders who recently finished reading the book. Book is great, movie was just ok. Not sure I would recommend it
Published 3 months ago by carybeth
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD watched after class read book.
The DVD was good to watch with my class after reading the book. Of course it is not a block buster, but fun for to watch what had been read and make comparisons.
Published 4 months ago by ELIZA J JENSEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoot Movie
I chose this video because my Granddaughter used to go to the public library to rent this movie. She told me that this was her favorite movie @ this time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonita Heddings
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start
Another great one from the early part of Logan Lerman's career. A great kids movie with a great message of saving nature over money.
Published 5 months ago by Misterbanks
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This movie made me want to eat an owl and pancake sandwich.
No. It's a film aimed at the 9-14 crowd and which contains a message applicable to older people as well. Although obviously idealized, it shows the value of getting involved in a cause that is greater than self-- something modern teens don't always seem to grasp.

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