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Hoot (2006)

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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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

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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owl | fight | montana | florida | school | See All (158) »

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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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5 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chouette  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,368,197, 7 May 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,080,116, 4 June 2006
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This film holds the record for the worst domestic opening weekend of any film opening in more than 3,000 theaters. In its opening weekend, it grossed just $3,368,197 at 3,018 theaters, for a per screen average of $1,116 per theater. The final gross was $8,117,637, just over half of the $15,000,000 production budget. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Officer Delinko comes to tell Roy's parents that Roy has been bitten by a dog and taken to the hospital, the officer has a toothpick in his mouth. During the course of the conversation after that, when he has his back to the camera, you do see the toothpick; in all of the front shots of him, the toothpick is missing. See more »

Quotes

Roy Eberhardt: My mom told me Florida was so sunny and gorgeous, that everybody in America wanted to live there. Everybody except me. And as usual, I was out-voted.
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Connections

References Rambo III (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Werewolves of London
Written by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel and Warren Zevon
Performed by Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
Jimmy Buffett appears courtesy of Mailboat Records, Inc.
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Hoot is a good family film
4 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

It is great to see a film starring kids whose idea of "acting adult" is not engaging in sensuality. Instead, these kids see a problem in their community and take responsibility for helping to solve it. Hoot is a film aimed squarely at families looking for a fun day at the cinema. The production values are good, especially sweeping shots of Montana and Florida. The soundtrack by Jimmy Buffet is a perfect fit. The young actors are spirited and refreshing.

The plot, about a trio of kids who work together to save some burrowing owls from death at the hands of an unscrupulous pancake house empire builder, will engage kids. So many films make children appear powerless, it is nice to see a movie that shows children working hard to make a difference. And even though parents are absent or temporarily distracted, it was pleasant to see kids who want to follow in their parents footsteps and try to right injustices.

If you are tired of all of the self-indulgent story lines about children that fill the cinema, give Hoot a shot. Then take some time to talk to your kids about the adventure of serving others and caring about the world they live in. A positive message from a positive film.


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