This is according to the MTRCB’s recent assessment of the film which was granted a General Audience rating (or G) for providing “a good lesson in respect for animals and their right to live undisturbed in their habitat.”
The Board’s ringing endorsement of Open Season underscores the movie’s thrust as a family-oriented and values-centered entertainment. “I hope that when kids see this movie they will see the value of true friendship,” says co-director Roger Allers. “I think the movie shows that someone can be strange and a little quirky, but that that can be part of what you like about them. That’s what gives them personality. If there is one message in this movie, to me, it is about the value of friendship.”
In the film, Boog (voiced by Martin Lawrence), a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world turned upside down when he meets Elliot (voiced by Ashton Kutcher), a scrawny, fast-talking mule deer.
When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his cushy home in a park ranger’s garage to try a taste of the great outdoors, things quickly spiral out of control. Relocated to the forest with open season only three days away, Boog and Elliot must acclimate in a hurry. They must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take the forest back!
Explains co-director Jill Culton: “I love the idea of buddy comedies and Boog and Elliot are a great buddy pairing. These two characters have a sandpaper relationship and they are forced to figure things out together. Finally, when they are able to work together and change each other, they also get to change the entire forest and make it safe from hunters forever.”