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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of tweens on the verge of puberty, of whether it's better to grow and mature into an adult, or to remain full of child-like wonder and playfulness at the expense of never really changing and maturing.
Positive Role Models
For the most part, characters in both Neverland and the "real world" are too cartoonish to be viewed as role models.
Violence & Scariness
A lot of fantasy violence, including swordfights, guns, and hitting below the belt. Pirates are killed, often comically by Captain Hook when they speak to him out of turn. There is a brief graphic image of Captain Hook's amputated arm as he puts on one of his hooks. He kills another sailor with his hook. Crocodile attacks. Mermaids might look nightmarish to younger or more sensitive kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity of two boys' bare behinds, nonsexual, the result of hanging upside down from a trap. There are a couple of sweet kisses and some references to puberty.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters, both in the world of adults and Neverland, drink and smoke. A pirate offers liquor and cigars to a child.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Peter Pan is a 2003 live-action version of the classic movie and book. The movie is OK for tweens who aren't frightened by brief but graphic images such as Captain Hook's amputated arm as he puts on one of his hooks, or demonic-looking mermaids. The movie has a lot of fantasy violence, including swordfights, guns, crocodile attacks, and hitting below the belt. Pirates are killed. We see boys' bare behinds. There are a couple of sweet kisses and some subtle references to puberty. Adult characters drink and smoke in both Neverland and "the real world," and a pirate offers liquor and cigars to a child. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director/screenwriter P.J. Hogan's sumptuously beautiful retelling of the classic story maintains its timeless charm. The production design is simply gorgeous, with exquisite period detail. Even state-of-the-art special effects like flying and computer graphics are consistently conceived and gratifyingly believable. The jarring notes are Peter's (unforgivably) American accent and some anachronistic-sounding music. Ludivine Sagnier does her best as Tinkerbell, but the fairy is probably best portrayed as a spot of light.
Some Pan lovers will object to some gentle tweaking of the story. But it's not so much to be politically correct or bring it up to date as it is to remove any distractions from what in today's view would be seen as sexism.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.