Hoot (2006)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  5 May 2006 (USA)
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A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls.



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The story of a young man moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls, and that a tough girl at his school named Beatrice has some connection with the barefoot boy, who has some connection with vandalism at the construction site. When they 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. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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It's time to stand up for the little guys.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild bullying and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chouette  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,368,197 (USA) (5 May 2006)


$8,080,116 (USA) (2 June 2006)

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Towards the end of the film, Mullet Fingers is making a last ditch attempt to get the construction to stop. At one point, Mullet Fingers' mouth says, "Damn" and the audio says, "Dang". See more »


Dr. Gonzalez: And what's your name?
Roy Eberhardt: Uh...
[He glances at the nearby janitor, and reads his name tag]
Roy Eberhardt: Ling Ho.
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References Rambo III (1988) See more »


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Written by 'Toots' (as Frederick Hibbert)
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Good clean fun for the young or young at heart
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hoot is a nice young person's film about a group of middle school kids that try and keep a pancake house chain from bulldozing a plot of land that is home to some endangered burrowing owls. The acting is pretty good and the fresh faces are nice to see. Many well known comedians are in this film and keep the humor going almost nonstop. It is a film for the young crowd, perhaps 5 to 11 years of age. I thought it was a nice change of pace from the adult films that pervade the screen these days. There is no realism here or accuracy about life in general for adults or kids. It's just a bunch of fun with a constant message about saving the beautiful places in this country from becoming over developed. If you can remember back to the day when you weren't fight for a buck you may remember that money isn't everything. Not many people over 12 are going to enjoy it unless they really have a soft spot for the old after school special series.

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