Hoot (2006)



Critic Consensus: Lacking energy and humor, Hoot is a ho-hum story of eco-awareness that falls flat as a pancake.

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When a Montana boy moves to Florida and unearths a disturbing threat to a local population of endangered owls, three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops. Determined to protect his new environment, the boy and his friends fight to prevent the adults from making a big mistake.
PG (for mild bullying and brief language)
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Luke Wilson
as David Delinko
Logan Lerman
as Roy Eberhardt
Brie Larson
as Beatrice Leep
Tim Blake Nelson
as "Curly" Brannit
Cody Linley
as Napoleon Bridger "Mullet Fingers" Leep
Neil Flynn
as Mr. Eberhardt
Clark Gregg
as Chuck Muckle
Kiersten Warren
as Mrs. Eberhardt
Jessica Cauffiel
as Kimberly
Dean Collins
as Garrett
Eric Phillips
as Dana Matherson
Jimmy Buffett
as Mr. Ryan
Robert Wagner
as Mayor Grandy
John Archie
as Captain
Damaris Justamante
as Mrs. Matherson
Carl Hiaasen
as Muckle's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Hoot

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (33)

This sweet-natured but plodding adaptation of a young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen could have used a little less broad satire of corporate greed and a few more, well, owls. The critters peep from their burrows for only a few brief moments.

May 12, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It would be a nice little family film if not for the fact that the young heroes commit felonies in the name of saving the environment.

May 8, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Endangered as they are, burrowing owls will be disappointed to learn that their cause has been hitched to a movie with little entertainment value, let alone credible strategies to save their environment.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

There is nothing objectionable in this family film, but it doesn't seem to appreciate the intelligence and savvy of its youthful audience. Kids can spot a silly stereotypical character as fast as the rest of us.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

But while Hoot's pro-environment message to kids is certainly worthy, the unquestioning, pro-vigilante angle doesn't sit entirely well.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Fun to watch although falling short of a real hoot, this latest in a barrage of family movies largely succeeds at keeping the kiddies entertained and their parents from nodding off.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hoot

it was okay. it wasnt bad but it was great. nothing really amazing or great about it. C

Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer


A great film for kids! Mildly recommendable for adults, but jut fine for teens that have nothing better to do! It has heart!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A cheesy kid's movie. Save the owls!

Red Lats
Red Lats

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