Directed by: Wil Shriner
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Cody Linley, Luke Wilson,
Jimmy Buffett, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Wagner
Released by: New Line Cinema
Short: Carl Hiaasen’s best-selling
tweener novel comes to the big screen with cute
stars, exciting action and an environmental
lesson that can’t be beat.
Kids to the Rescue
a Hoot about the Owls
Hiaasen must feel relieved by Hoot. After all,
the best-selling comedic novelist who always makes Florida
his setting had one really bad experience in Hollywood—when
Demi Moore and her cohorts got a hold of his hilarious Striptease novel and turned it into an abysmal
movie. Happily, with this big-screen adaptation of Hoot
(Hiaasen’s hugely popular story written for young
adults) he’s got a lot to make him smile.
with a trio of good-looking teens, the movie follows the
adventures of Roy Eberhardt (Logan Lerman) as he relocates
from Montana to Florida. It’s a place he doesn’t
want to be, finding himself bullied one minute and in
trouble with the law the next. The trouble springs from
Roy’s friendship with two kids—pretty Beatrice
(Brie Larson) and surfer dude Mullet Fingers (Cody Linley)
who are bent on stopping a developer from bulldozing the
burrows of a special breed of owls, who dig holes in the
ground for their nests.
the plot thickens – to the sound of new songs from
Jimmy Buffett, who also produces and has a small part
in the movie – Roy and his friends find a legal
way to stop the developer from killing the poor little
owls. While it is painfully true that the plot has some
holes, they are easy to overlook when sitting in a theater
full of mesmerized children. For the 7 to 14 set, Hoot
is a real winner, a perfect blend of broad comedy, a little
bit of mystery, some peril and a not-so-subtle environmental
may find Hoot a bit simplistic and remember other family
films from the past that have an underlying message built
in, but grown-ups are not the film’s intended audience.
So if there are tweener kids in your house, by all means,
round them up and head to the multiplex to check out Hoot.
They’ll be glad you did.