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Hoot (2006)

Luke Wilson , Logan Lerman , Wil Shriner  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 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 (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5MH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,794 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

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoot : 5-star book and 5-star movie August 22, 2006
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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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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 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!

RECOMMENDED!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie about saving owls..... August 26, 2006
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I have read many reviews on this movie and many of them were negative reviews which shot this movie down at the theaters. I saw the movie and watched this DVD. I realized why so many grown up critics were down on this movie. It probably because they are adults that they expect the kids in the movie to come up to adult solutions to the problem. What make this an entertaining movie is that the kids come up with solutions that kids usually come up with. Sure they don't show great judgment many times. Mullet Finger, the barefooted blond boy, act like who he is, single mindedly trying to save the owls against great odds as a kid would do, not as adult would do which so many of these critics want him to behave. His actions and behavior are pretty close to what a kid in his situation would do, a runaway, living away from his legal guardian and basically being a barefooted wild child. But he's trying to do the right thing and that is the important factor.

I thought the story overall, was weaker then the book itself. Mullet was soften considerably to make him bit more likable on the screen. I wasn't too impressed by the lead actor, Logan Lerman who I thought was bit wooden but Brie Larson and Cody Linley both made up for it. The movie was directed by Wil Shriner and he didn't exactly shine very brightly. The movie muddled from time to time. Shriner's treatment of the adult characters of the movie proves to be one of the weak links of the movie. Luke Wilson who played the bumbling police officer proves to be seriously mishandled by the director.
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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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