|Video Release:||16 Oct 2006|
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Why Is Over The Hedge Rated PG?
The insatiable habits of human beings are mocked in this animated film about a group of cornered critters that steal food from the neighborhood. The movie relies on repeated scenes of cartoon violence for much of the action. A bear threatens to kill a smaller animal that has stolen his food stores. When the critters venture out into suburbia, they are soaked by sprinklers, have knives thrown at them, are slapped with hockey sticks, chased with a broom, slammed with a book, sprayed with mace and nearly hit by vehicles. An exterminator demonstrates the abilities of traps he has set all over the lawn. After a human is knocked unconscious, the animals have to drive a run-away truck. A large animal is hit with a hammer and impaled by porcupine needles. Humans chase animals with an electric prod and a motorized weed whacker. They also fight among themselves. Several explosions and car accidents take place. To distract the humans, RJ suggests the animals lick their private parts. Mild sexual innuendo is implied when animals comment on nuts, a vibrating butt and a skunk plays up her feminine wiles. Rude antics include a burping rodent, discussion of bathroom needs and the insertion of a cork in a skunk’s behind to stop her smell. The script also contains some name-calling and moments of rude humor.