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Hoot | 2006 | PG | - 1.4.4

A greedy restauranteur plans to build a restaurant on a piece of Florida land that is inhabited by endangered burrowing owls. A boy and his friends take on the owls' cause and are determined to protect the environment from land developers and crooked politicians. With Luke Wilson, Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson and Cody Linley. Directed by Wil Shriner. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman walk arm-in-arm. People are in swimsuits in a beach scene (men are bare-chested and women wear bikinis). A boy is shown only in his boxer shorts tied to a tree, a boy is bare-chested in a couple of scenes, and a woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A boy punches another boy in the nose (we hear a crunch), the boy falls to the floor and we see him with a bloody and bruised face and mouth later. A boy grabs another boy, shoves him against a fence, punches him in the stomach, and chases him. A man is hit in the head with a coconut and a boy is hit in the head with a golf ball in a couple of scenes.
 A boy grabs another boy, pulls him into a doorway, swings his fist at him, hits a bucket, and grabs the boy and holds him on the ground. A boy grabs another boy by the hair and pulls, making the boy move like a puppet. A boy grabs another boy by the head and squeezes. A boy pushes another boy's face into a school bus window. A boy grabs another boy around the throat and rubs his knuckles into his head. A girl sits in a school bus seat with a boy and shoves him against the window. A girl shoves a boy back against a wall using a lunch tray. A boy puts a bag over another boy's head and makes him walk for a certain time before removing the bag.
 Angry and snarling attack dogs charge out of their crates and toward a man who jumps into his truck as they scratch and snap at him. A man holds a baby alligator toward a boy's face and the boy pulls away. A boy pours out a bag of cottonmouth snakes and they slither around his feet (he is OK eventually). A boy falls on several rattraps and is pinched by them. A man opens a toilet seat lid and an alligator snaps at him.
 A man blows fire extinguisher gas into owls' nests. A man swings a bat at two rats that scurry through his bathroom (he does not hit either).
 Police in a cruiser chase a boy on a bike. A man is put in handcuffs by a police officer.
 A boy and his mother argue and struggle over a letter. A man yells at another man in many scenes (he's boss to employee) and one time threatens to fire him.
 A boy collapses from an infection and out of exhaustion. We see a boy with a badly infected dog bite on his arm.
 A man drives a bulldozer toward a group of people and three children stand in its way. A boy vandalizes a construction site as well as a police vehicle. A boy puts a bag over his eyes. A man is taped and tied to a chair.
 A man nearly drives a police traffic scooter into a parked car. A car rams into trees as it tries to turn around.
 A girl talks about someone throwing a clock radio at her father, and that the girl then hit a woman in the head with a mango. We hear that dogs were frightened by snakes.

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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 2 mild exclamations, name-calling (jerk, a boy is called "cowgirl" throughout the movie, dork), 2 mild obscenities, 2 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - None.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Repeated relocation, fitting in, being the new kid, bullies, vandalism, respect, judging people, trouble making, revenge.
MESSAGE - Be aware of wildlife habitats before choosing a building site. Good causes are worth fighting for.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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