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HOOT


Year: 2006
USA: New Line Cinema
Cast: Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Cody Linley, Luke Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson, Jessica Cauffiel, Clark Gregg, Eric Phillips, Tom Brainard, Jimmy Buffett, Dean Collins, Neil Flynn, Kiersten Warren, Damaris Justamante, Jamie D Knee, Rick Michaels, Stacy Ann Rose, Kin Shriner, Brandon Agan, Natalie Clark, Stephanie Singleton, Nelitza Vallellanes, Robert Wagner, Max Allman, Kristen Sullivan, Frank Principe
Director: Wil Shriner
Country: USA
USA: 90 mins
USA Rated: PG for mild bullying and brief language
USA Release Date: 5 May 2006


Synopsis

Middle schooler Roy Eberhardt (Logan Lerman) is the perpetual new kid on the block. Due to his father's job, Roy's moved so many times he's lost track of how many schools he's attended (six since kindergarten) and how many towns he's lived in (that would be ten) in his fourteen years of life. You could say he's perpetually a stranger in a strange land.

This time, he's left the big sky country of Montana for the tropical sun belt of Florida and a sleepy Gulf Coast hamlet named Coconut Cove. The first thing he must do (if he is to avoid being called 'cowgirl' by his new classmates) is trade in his boots for flip flops and his western 'dude' shirt for a tank top. The second thing he notices is that Florida does not have 10 000 foot mountains like Montana, but is as flat as a pancake. Lastly, he quickly recognizes that, just like everywhere else he's been, Florida has its share of bullies.

That's always been part of the drill for the new kid in town. And, on his first day at Trace Middle School, Roy's about to meet the biggest bully of them all -Dana Matherson (Eric Phillips), a hulking monster with a girl's name who greets his new schoolmate by painfully sinking his fingers into Roy's temples and smashing his face against the school bus window.

But, in an odd way, Roy is indebted to Dana. You see, if Dana hadn't dug his thumbs into Roy's neck and scrunched his face against the glass, he would never have spotted the barefoot running boy - a wiry, blonde-haired runaway without books, backpack or shoes - outpacing the bus in the stifling heat and humidity.

And, if Roy had not spotted the curious, mysterious running boy (whom he finds out is called Mullet Fingers (Cody Linley)), he would not have met Beatrice Leep, the running boy's scrappy stepsister and fellow 8th grader who just happens to be the toughest kid at school. Someone who strikes fear in the heart of every boy at Trace, even the bully Dana.

And, if Roy had not met Beatrice Leep (Brie Larson), he would not have heard about the new restaurant planned for Coconut Cove - Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House, one of the country's most popular chains. Had he not known about the new eatery about to break ground under the watchful eye of the company's overambitious P.R. executive, Chuck Muckle (Clark Gregg), he would not have unearthed a disturbing threat to a local population of endangered owls, whose burrows happen to be right on the construction site where the malicious Muckle and his foreman, the dimwitted Curly Branitt (Tim Blake Nelson), are racing against the clock to erect their new franchise.

And, if Roy had not tried to protect his new environment, he would never have experienced the thrill of a lifetime, one that brings him into contact with potty-trained alligators, the nest of burrowing owls, a group of poisonous cottonmouth snakes with strangely sparkling tails and a host of quirky human characters, including corrupt politicians, the beleaguered construction foreman, Mother Paula herself (Jessica Cauffiel) and Officer David Delinko (Luke Wilson), the diligent but clueless local beat cop whose investigation into some mysterious, extraordinary circumstances at the construction site may just earn him the detective stripes he so urgently wants.

Roy's Floridian adventure is turning out to be quite a 'hoot'!

HOOT marks the feature directorial debut of Wil Shriner, a veteran TV host (THE WIL SHRINER SHOW), director (FRASIER, BECKER, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), actor (PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED) and comedian, who also adapted the screenplay from Hiaasen's 2002 novel. Frank Marshall (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, SEABISCUIT, THE SIXTH SENSE, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) produces along with singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, who marks his debut as a movie producer and provides five songs for the film. The executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Kevin Reidy and Gregg Taylor. The co-producers are Wil Shriner, Carl Hiaasen, Mark Kaufman and Michael Disco.










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