Fast-Paised review: 'Open Season'

Boog the bear (Martin Lawrence) and Elliot the deer (Ashton Kutcher) evade hunters while trying to find their way out of the woods. Gary Sinise, Debra Messing and Billy Connolly also lend their voices.

Big question: This year has already brought "Barnyard," "Over the Hedge," "The Wild" and more. Is "Open Season" any better than those?

Skip it: The script, animation and voice work would have felt sluggish five years ago. "Open Season" should be shot and hung on the wall as punishment for subjecting us to more of the same dreadful thing.

Catch it: For one of the year's most awful jokes, with Boog and Elliot agreeing that their friendship philosophy is, "Bros before does."

Bottom line: These are Happy Meal toys roaming around without a movie, and if you chuckle more than once, check the theater for laughing gas.

Bonus: At least when the kids in the audience are crying, you'll know exactly why!

Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.


'Open Season'

Directed by Jill Culton, Roger Allers; co-directed by Anthony Stacchi; written by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Nat Mauldin; edited by Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland; production designed by Michael Humphries; music by Paul Westerberg, Ramin Djawadi; original songs by Westerberg; produced by Michelle Murdocca. A Columbia Pictures release of a Sony Pictures Animation film; opens Friday. Running time: 1:19. MPAA rating: PG (for some rude humor, mild action and brief language).

Boog - Martin Lawrence

Elliot - Ashton Kutcher

Shaw - Gary Sinise

Beth - Debra Messing

McSquizzy - Billy Connolly

Bobbie - Georgia Engel

Reilly -Jon Favreau

Giselle - Jane Krakowski

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