May 15, 2006 12:00 PM

Logan Lerman, Luke Wilson, Brie Larson, Cody Linley


They’re young, tan and care about the environment. That would be the appealing trio of kid activists in Hoot —a message movie for the middle-school set—who try to sabotage the building of a chain restaurant in their coastal Florida town because the eatery threatens the habitat of rare owls. Their cause is just, and Hoot, a faithful if pedestrian adaptation of a 2002 novel by Carl Hiaasen, portrays the three as concerned conservationists, though at least one of them has the makings of a fledgling eco-terrorist (he ties up and gags the chain’s evil boss). That won’t trouble kid viewers—but it might give chaperoning adults pause.


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