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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
mild bullying and brief language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A bland family film without much to recommend it other than its ecological message.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Watch: a group of owls migrate to a safe new home; Build: an animal sanctuary in your own backyard; Meet: the kids in the cast (Brie gives you the inside scoop!); Teach: owls, snakes and alligators to be movie stars; Discover: the people who care for sick and endangered birds; Hang: with Jimmy Buffet as he prepares for his close-up; Sneak: behind the scenes with the director of Hoot; Laugh: along with the blooper reel; See: more of Hoot through its deleted scenes; Play: 3 fun DVD-ROM games - fishfood, monkey see, monkey do, & treefrog.



Hoot
The family of Roy Eberhardt (Logan Lerma who played Bobby in TV's "Jack & Bobby") moves from Montana to the seaside community of Coconut Cove, Florida, and the teen finds himself the new kid in town. The first thing young Roy does on the bus ride to school is spot a blond barefooted boy running past the bus. Roy becomes unusually fascinated with this kid and eventually learns that he's known as “Mullet Fingers” (Cody Linley - one of the kids in "Cheaper by the Dozen"). Along with his stepsister, Beatrice (Brie Larson "13 Going on 30"), “Mullet Fingers” is trying to save several owls threatened by the pending construction of a pancake house.

The story follows the teens’ efforts at eco-terrorism, with vandalism and other criminal acts targeted at the bumbling construction supervisor (Tim Blake Nelson "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), the dopey cop (Luke Wilson "Old School"), and the bothersome bully (newcomer Eric Phillips), all of whom someone just has to stand up to.

TV writer/director Wil Shriner makes his debut with this the film which is based on the children’s book by Carl Hiassen. Jimmy Buffett appears in the film as an actor, but he also wrote the music, as well as producing. This must have been a worthwhile book for kids to read, but as a movie it fails on almost all levels.






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