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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 17min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sony Pictures Animation
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Releasing
Director(s): Roger Allers, Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi
Producer(s): John B. Carls, Amy Jupiter, Steve Moore, Michelle Murdocca
Writing Credits: Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman
Music: Ramin Djawadi, Paul Westerberg
Film Editing: Ken Solomon, Pam Ziegenhagen
Casting: Mary Hidalgo, Ruth Lambert
Production Management: Joe Crowley, David Kalbeitzer, Frederick Lissau, Patrick G. Ramos
Art Direction: Luc Desmarchelier, Andrew Edward Harkness
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Cute. Colorful. A couple good things to say. A couple not-so-good things to say. But why all the human underwear?
The father of one of my teenage daughter's friend's took his kids to see Open Season and wondered what on Earth it was teaching our children with all the human underwear in it. He was right. Human underwear appears being used by the forest animals in a variety of ways. One use is as a slingshot. And a teddy bear is used to emulate thong underwear. Oh, well. It's PG. I guess that makes it okay. At least, it is likely a few kids who see it will have less inhibition about public viewing of underwear.
Boog the bear (voice of Martin Lawrence), raised from a cub by Ranger Beth (voice of Debra Messing), has become, however unintentional, a pet. He lives in Beth's garage. He has his own refrigerator, his own bed, his own personalized food dish and a few of the other creature features typically afforded a long-term family pet. He even has a teddy bear (the one which is strapped to the crotch of another character later).
Some family pets will not venture off family property. Boog avoids venturing outside of the garage without Beth. At least, until Elliot the deer (voice of Ashton Kutcher) coaxes Boog out of his comfy quarters.
Boog meets Elliot as Boog sits in the back of Beth's jeep. While waiting for Beth to do her business with Timberline Police Officer Gordy (voice of Gordon Tootoosis), Boog notices a dead-looking deer tied across the truck hood of rotten scoundrel hunter "six-toed gun monkey" Shaw (voice of Gary Sinise). The deer was Elliot.
While Shaw explained to Gordy that Elliot ran right out in front of him, in truth Shaw had done a thing that ought not be done. He used his headlights to freeze Elliot and hit Elliot with his truck. In the process, Elliot, a.k.a, Duck, lost his left antler and consciousness, but not his life. Later, after Elliot revives and Boog sets him free, Elliot comes to Boog's garage to woo Boog into venturing out into the world. It was the chocolate Nummy Bar that did it.
By the way, Elliot calls himself "duck" because with only one antler and just a nub where his other antler was, Elliot feels he is half doe and half buck, ergo, "duck."
After Boog and Elliot tear up a convenience store by raiding it for its Nummy bars, Gordy advises Beth that Boog must get back into the wild. So, after tranquilizing Boog, Beth transports him by helicopter deep into the mountains where he must learn to live as an integral part of the wildlife ... or die trying.
Boog is not happy with this situation in the wild and strikes out to return to town and to his domicile. With Elliot by his side. This is where all the antics start.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Of the scoring across the six CAP investigation areas, the violence content of Open Season accounts for the second most severe point loss. Shaw represents some rather intense portrayal of what might be best described as evil. He is reckless with his truck and tries to kill Elliot with it. He is seen firing his rifle to kill repeatedly. Shaw is also noted as saying "I'll kill you!" Some action violence and flood peril add to the total envelope of violence. [Prov. 16:29]
This investigation area found Hollywood's typical fascination with portraying body functions and fluids in "kids" films, specifically flatulence and defecation. [Eph. 5:4] Shaw's lie about how he ended with Elliot on his truck add some point loss in the investigation area as well. [Rev. 21:8]
Sexual Immorality (S)
This investigation area found enough material to cause the loss of nearly all of its starting 100 points. None of the examples of assaults on morality and decency found by this investigation area were all that bold or extreme but there were so many of them, typically in the form of ambiguous innuendo. Some innuendo were about intercourse, nudity and male anatomy of the boiler room caliber but without profanity. Crude humor and posterior humor were frequent. [again Eph. 5:4] A couple times it was obvious that the camera angle was intended to force the viewer on human character private parts.
The only instance of behavior applicable to this investigation area was the one time Boog became intoxicated. It was sugar-shock but was still portrayed as drunkenness.
Offense to God (O)
One one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive was noted. [Deut. 5:11] And one time one of the characters was called a "fool." Though Mr. T of "A Team" fame used this term so often as to make it seem innocuous, God disagrees. Inspection of Matthew 5:22 reveals that such a term is not acceptable to God. While there may be a "context" differential between the script and Matthew 5:22, it is not wise to try to permit societal accommodation to "second-guess" God's Word.
No murders or suicides were noted. Though Shaw's attack of Elliot would be an attempted murder, only completed murders or suicides are incorporated into the Murder/Suicide investigation area. All attempts at murder or suicide (as well as all deaths by police action and war) are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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