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New Line Platinum Series
Actors: Logan Lerman, Luke Wilson, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Cody Linley
Director: Wil Shriner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
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 ... more »
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Steve A. from TAVARES, FL
Reviewed on 11/5/2013...
A fun feel good movie. One of my favorites for clean humorous and youthful memories. I can seriously related to both boys, one always having to move and blend in to a new school. My Dad was in the Navy and I went to 3 different High schools. The beach boy kid was me living in Hawaii as a junior in HS. I now live in Florida and the movie scenery of the water and little Boston Whaler are cool plus I love Carl Hiaasen stories.I just snagged a second copy of this movie from our club for my grandson and I to watch together. Thanks.
Kelly B. from ODESSA, TX
Reviewed on 1/24/2010...
Great movie, my kid's love it.
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Heather H. from WOODBURN, OR
Reviewed on 9/23/2009...
My children love this movie and have watched it over and over since we got it. It is a great story about standing up for what is right no matter what.
Ken D. (allthatjazz) from APISON, TN
Reviewed on 8/25/2009...
An amusing comedy that is perfect for the entire family. Hoot author Carl Hiassen has a brief cameo in one office scene.
Another NEWBERY Metal movie, as easy-breezy as Jimmy Buffett
Kevin J. Loria | New Orleans, LA USA | 05/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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.
TV Director Wil Shriner (Frasier) keeps Hiaasen's tougue in cheek story funny and loose, thanks in part to Tim Blake Nelson as the contractor and Luke Wilson is at his dimmest as the inept cop. The films finale is predictable enough, but that is what make tweens' tales so popular in the first place. You KNOW the GOOD GUYS ARE GOING TO WIN...YOU KNOW the oh-so-cute owls will be saved...and that's ok.
"Hoot" produced by Frank Marshall and Jimmy Buffett for Walden Media, Buffett also provides excellent original music for the film, along with a role as the surfing marine biology teacher.
Buffett's love for the region makes him a natural choice for Hoot's material. Overall the film shares a conservation message and reminds kids that they can make a difference. It's sure to be a hoot...I mean hit.
Great family movie
B Mistele | Grayslake, IL USA | 05/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Will bring the hero out in you
Jeep Girl | 06/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!