A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of staying "young at heart." Though this is shown through various childish endeavors such as food fights and name-calling, the takeaway is the idea of maintaining a childlike innocence in your interactions with others.
Positive Role Models
A father learns the importance of being there for his kids instead of centering his life on being successful at his career.
Violence & Scariness
Peril. Kids screaming while trapped in a net. Lengthy sword-fighting scenes. Hook runs his blade through a valiant young boy, killing him. Slapstick violence. Tinkerbell hits Peter Pan in the head. During an impromptu baseball game among pirates, a pirate is shot and killed for trying to steal second base. Hook puts a gun to his head and threatens suicide. Gunfire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Peter Pan is kissed on the mouth by several mermaids at the same time. When pirates walk through a wharf, there is a brief scene where the madam of a house of ill repute tells her prostitutes to "paint your faces, ladies!"
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"Ass," "hell," "bitch." Euphemism: "Dead man's dinghy." A lengthy exchange of name-calling between a boy and the lead character, which includes phrases such as "near-sighted gynecologist" and culminates in Peter screaming "Eat me!" at the young boy. A father screams "Shut up!" at his kids while in the midst of a heated phone conversation.
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Products & Purchases
In Tinkerbell's home, a wall is made out of a Master Card, and one of the seats is a packet of Certs breath mints.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking. The lead character takes a large sip of whiskey and stumbles. One reference to being high on drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hook is a 1991 Steven Spielberg-directed movie in which Robin Williams plays an older version of Peter Pan who must "become young" again to save his kids after Captain Hook kidnaps and takes them to Neverland. The pirates and some situations in this movie may frighten sensitive viewers. Two children are abducted by a villainous storybook pirate and threatened with death. The pirate Hook kills, displays comic suicidal tendencies, and tries to seduce children into hating their father. Peter Pan is kissed on the mouth by several mermaids at the same time. There is a lengthy name-calling exchange between Williams and a young boy, including phrases such as "maggotburger" and "near-sighted gynecologist," culminating in Williams screaming "Eat me!" The lead character takes a large sip of whiskey and stumbles, and there's a reference to drugs. Profanity includes "ass," "bitch," and "hell." When pirates walk through a wharf, there's a brief scene where the madam of a house of ill repute tells her prostitutes to "paint your faces, ladies!" To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a comedy not only spare on laughs but also drenched in Hollywood cheese. What if Peter Pan had to grow up? For those familiar with J.M. Barrie's wonderful literary creation, it's an intriguing question and a great movie premise. Unfortunately, Spielberg and Williams made this movie for their children, seemingly without regard for anyone else's kids, who may not like such a sweet center or dark edges to their entertainment. Neverland fails to look like anything more than what it is: an expensive studio set inhabited by some of the worst-looking pirates ever in movies, including an uncredited Glenn Close sporting a beard.+
Kids may enjoy the racially diverse Lost Boys who rally against those pirates; teens and adults are more likely to find their antics insufferable. As for the stars, Roberts has the appropriate pixie look for Tinkerbell, but Williams as the adult Pan looks far from willowy in his green tights and leafy tunic. The real standout here is Hoffman, who's a surprisingly good Hook but is given woefully little to do other than snarl and rant. But overall, Hook is an overlong hodgepodge with plenty of sparkly magic for kids but too much syrup for older tastes.
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