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action & adventure, children & family, comedy

It's time to stand up for the little guys! From the best-selling children's novel by Carl Hiaasen comes this larger-than-life story of three kids who answer the call of the wild by protecting a family of endangered miniature owls in Florida.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Sweet, clumsy family film about saving owls.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know the film concerns a corporation's illegal effort to build a restaurant on protected land. To stop a saboteur, the local corporate employee sets mousetraps and sends out trained attack dogs. The kids who are trying to stop the building also engage in illegal activities, such as setting loose alligators and cottonmouth snakes, deflating tires, spray-painting a police cruiser, organizing a town meeting under false pretenses, and tying up the villain in a closet. The company boss lies, cheats, and treats his girlfriend callously. Kids and adults use mildly obnoxious language ("dork," "sucks"). A chaste flirtation develops between the boy and girl protagonists.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what tactics might effectively stop corporate cheating. How does the film parallel the middle school bully with the corporate bully? How do Roy's lies to his parents lead to their distress and what lesson does he learn from the experience? They could also compare the movie to the book upon which it's based.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The movie is unessential at best. But the Everglades -- and the owls that live nearby -- are irresistible.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, May 5, 2006

Rotten: Leaden direction sinks this adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's award-winning novel for young adults.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, May 5, 2006

Fresh: One wishes that a film about the fight against a bland restaurant chain were more piquant. But movies for tweens, like burrowing owls, are an endangered species that need preservation.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, May 5, 2006

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A rarely decent family film based on an award-winning kids' novel. FULL REVIEW: LATER.]

- spielberg00, Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 stars

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

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 30, 2010

3 stars

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

- fb733768972, Wednesday, April 28, 2010