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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) - Movie Review for Parents

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Bottom line: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil presents a sequel story to the original Red Riding Hood spoof. Contains a lot of forced humor, some of which is mildly rude or potty humor. Also contains cartoon style action and violence.

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MPAA Rating: PG, for some mild rude humor, language and action
Genre: Animated/Comedy/Family
Runtime: 85 minutes
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Joan Cusack, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, David Alan Grier, Andy Dick, Brad Garrett, Martin Short
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (3D/2D)

Hoodwinked Too! - Overview

In the sequel to the original Hoodwinked (Spoof on the Red Riding Hood story). we find that our friends Red (Hayden Panettiere), Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and Granny (Glenn Close) are part of the elite HEA (Happily Ever After Agency), and have been working to restore happy endings everywhere. However, Red is currently on a mysterious training mission with a covert group of martial arts bakers called the Sisters of the Hood. But when an HEA mission to save Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler) from a wicked witch (Joan Cusack) goes awry, Granny is captured, and Red is forced to leave training in order to help the team.

Red, Wolf and Twitchy (Cory Edwards) set out to save Granny and the innocent German kiddos, but Red alienates the sometimes hapless Wolf and Twitchy with her go-it-alone attitude. Now on her own, Red finds that her enemies are a lot stronger and more cunning than she imagined. The whole of the HEA is in big trouble, and Red realizes that a little teamwork could go a long way. But, is she too late to put her team back together again and fix this failed fairy tale for good?

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Hoodwinked Too! - Guide Review for Parents

Our whole family enjoyed the clever storytelling and familiar yet intriguing characters in the first Hoodwinked movie. But a sequel? Where did they have to go with that story? The answer is just as I thought, nowhere. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil contains a couple of bits of humor that really work, but the majority of the film is filled with forced comedy that is either 1. already overdone, or 2. just plain lame. The film tries way too hard to interject pop culture puns and references, resulting in most of the humor being of the eye-rolling sort. And please, enough with the animated Hannibal Lecter spoofs -- it's already been done!

Kids might get some enjoyment out of the familiar fairy tale characters in this fairly high action fairy tale, and a few of those eye-rollers will have very young kids laughing. Also, the movie has a couple of decent messages about the importance of teamwork and the idea that, "A person can never really fail unless they give up." The animation, though, is mediocre to begin with, so if you do take the family to see this flick, I wouldn't advise wasting the extra money on 3D.

This movie contains some mild rude humor and words such as "jerk" and "butt." Also, expect the usual slapstick cartoon violence, with a couple of perilous scenes that may be scary or disturbing to young children. For more details on this type of content, see the "content overview" below.

Hoodwinked Too! - Content Overview

*May contain spoilers.

  • Violence (High): In the movie, the HEA is a sort of special ops team. They fight bad guys using the stereotypical means: hand-to-hand combat, gas bombs, explosives, guns (few, and none fire actual bullets) and more. Many of the weapons and up having a comical effect, and no characters are shown to be badly injured or killed. Throughout the movie, various characters are hit with objects, fall from high places, get into martial arts and other style fights, and more. One bad guy character acts like a mob boss and treats his henchmen badly.
  • Scary Scenes (Medium): Young viewers may be frightened by scenes like those listed under "violence" above. Also, there is a scene with a large spider that may scare young kids.
  • Sex/Nudity (Low): Twitchy the squirrel is shown coming out of his trailer with two "sexy" looking girl squirrels.
  • Drugs and Alcohol (Medium) In one scene that occurs in a night club type setting, Wolf says, "I'll be at the bar." A couple of characters are shown with what appears to be alcoholic drinks.
  • Language (Medium): Many rude words such as "butt," "jerk," and "shut up" are used. Also the movie contains numerous insulting and/or imitative phrases and possibly offensive puns. Examples are phrases such as -- "Holla, Rachel Ray's the devil!," "Who the Mother Goose is this?" "You swine!," "Power to los puercos!," "Doodie hits the fan," "Does this street make my butt look big?" -- and many more.
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  • Disrespectful/Imitative Behavior (Extreme): In addition to the listed phrases, insults and puns under "language" (and many more), characters in the movie exhibit various bad attitudes. Red wants to go it alone and is a big fan of blaming others when things don't go her way. Wolf can be obnoxious and sarcastic, and he puts his own ideas ahead of the team and his superiors. Other characters have issues such as inferiority complexes, grudges and megalomaniacal aspirations.
  • Sad/Unsettling Scenes (Low): Very young children may find it sad or unsettling when Wolf leaves Red all alone, or when Granny is kidnapped.
  • Movie Topics Kids Might Have Questions About: The idea of being "fat," fairy tales, failure, witches, kidnappings
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