Hoot: Glenn Watson
Owen Gleiberman
May 03, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hoot

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/05/06
performer
Logan Lerman, Cody Linley, Brie Larson, Luke Wilson
director
Wil Shriner
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Wil Shriner
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a D

Don’t let the Carl Hiaasen pedigree fool you: Hoot is an Afterschool Special too crummy to give a hoot about. Roy (Logan Lerman), the new kid at a Florida middle school, tries to save a clearing of owls from a corporate meanie who wants to pave paradise and put up a pancake house. Incidentally, are we meant to read anything into the way that Roy befriends a girl soccer hellion (Brie Larson) — the Kristy McNichol role — yet shows far more interest in the local runaway, a barefoot sprinter (Cody Linley) styled to look like Christopher Atkins in The Blue Lagoon? Just asking.

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