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Open Season

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Source: Catholic News Service

Wacky, warm and reasonably witty computer-animated comedy about a domesticated grizzly bear (Martin Lawrence) who, trying to find his way back to comfortable civilization after being released into the wild, befriends a runty, motor-mouthed mule deer (Ashton Kutcher) and bands together with a motley menagerie of woodland creatures to run some hunters out of the forest. Directed by Jill Culton and Roger Allers (with a co-director credit to Anthony Stacchi), the film's thin plot is padded with slapstick, but vibrant visuals, nutty gags, a playful tone, and an amiable message about friendship make this entertaining fare for all but the youngest viewers. Some mildly rude language and humor, a few scenes of hunting menace, some innuendo and comic action. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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