Hook

  • Review Date: August 5, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 144 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A clumsy mishmash of a comedy.
  • Review Date: August 5, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 144 minutes

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A father yells at his children, breaks promises, puts work before family, but learns the value of his loved ones in the end. The Lost Boys are a racially diverse lot.

Positive role models
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Some sword fighting. Hook runs his blade through a valiant young boy, killing him.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

A few isolated instances of mild language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 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; tries to seduce children into hating their father.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Steven Spielberg's 1991 venture follows grown-up Peter Pan (Robin Williams) as he returns to Neverland. Now a hardworking lawyer with three kids and a troubled marriage, Peter heads to London with his brood to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith). Peter is thrown back to his past when Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his kids. With help from Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), middle-aged Peter regains his memory of who he really is (and how to fly), and sets off to Neverland to rescue his children and do battle with his arch nemesis, Captain Hook.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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 such dark edges to their movie entertainment. The result is a comedy not only spare on laughs, but drenched in Hollywood cheese. 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.

Young children 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 appropriately 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 young kids, but too much syrup for older tastes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of Peter Pan.

  • Why is it a classic story?

  • Families may want to use this as an opportunity to introduce the book.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 11, 1991
DVD release date:September 9, 2003
Cast:Bob Hoskins, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams
Director:Steven Spielberg
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Pirates
Run time:144 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic intensity and mild violence

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Parent Written byMomandpsychologist September 28, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Fun for kids who like Peter Pan, with some objections to think about

I watched this movie with my 8 year old son and 9 year old daughter; we all enjoyed it. Very nice special effects and visual appeal: snowy London, Neverland sunsets, etc. This would make the movie particularly enjoyable on a large-screen TV. The story stays faithful to the themes of the original Peter Pan, which means that if your children know and like that story they will particularly enjoy this one. No greater violence and scariness than in the original. Hook is menacing but doesn't do a lot of significant damage so any children who know the story but can't handle seeing characters really get hurt will be ok. I took minor objection to 5 things: 1. a pirate who has betrayed Hook is put in the "boo box" - a cramped barrel where small yucky creatures (spiders? snakes?) are fed through a window into the box with him in order to scare him. If you're sensitive, this feels like a nasty torture scene; however, it lasts for only a few seconds and the worst part is the part where the pirate is forced into the box. 2. at one point Tinkerbell turns herself human-sized, and she is wearing an off-the-shoulder gown; she kisses the adult Peter Pan romantically and somewhat breathlessly, and reveals that she loves him. He rejects her because he loves his wife and kids. The scene is brief and not too explicit, but if you feel as I do that romantic scenes have no place in children's movies, then it was an unnecessary disappointment. Really, shouldn't Tinkerbell stay a fairy? Why do romance and unrequited love have to be introduced into this story? 3. In one scene Hook slashes the adult Pan's arm with his hook; you don't see blood but you do see the slash; again, it's quick; 4. Hook stabs and kills one of the main Lost Boys - you don't see blood but the death is sad; 5. one of the lost boys is overweight and this is sort of exploited - he rolls up into a ball and knocks pirates over; 6. the movie continues upon and expands the themes of sad/painful loss from the original - the lost boys wish they had a mother, the dying lost boy reveals his wish that he had had a father, Tinkerbell will never see Pan again, etc. Overall, however, I recommend the movie as fun and visually appealing especially for kids who like the original.
Parent of a 3, 5, and 6 year old Written byplayafromdahimalaya January 2, 2011
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8
QUALITY
 

Great movie, could have done without some of the language.

Loved it and my boys loved it. Could have done without some of the language, especially the long name calling session though :( Examples: "What the hell are you doing?" - father to son Fornication blubber butt "Get off your ass"
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written byPianoForEver December 19, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Good for the whole family!

This movie was one of my favorites growing up. Because it's never too scary I think it's great for younger kids and because it is so funny it's good for older kids too.
What other families should know
Great messages

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