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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Airs Tue. Dec. 08, 5:25 AM on HBO

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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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owl | fight | montana | florida | school | See All (157) »


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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Did You Know?


Logan Lerman and Dean Collins are best friends in real life. See more »


The "hoot" sound effects used in the movie are not those of burrowing owls, which have a high-pitched call approximately two octaves higher, but that of a much larger owl, the great horned owl. See more »


[teaching his marine studies class]
Mr. Ryan: So to answer your question, Pacific swells are usually a lot bigger than Atlantic swells. But remember: Kelly Slater is from Florida.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »


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Hoot is a good family film
4 May 2006 | by (San Diego, CA) – 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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