Parents' Guide to

Hook

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clumsy mishmash of a comedy has violence, profanity.

Movie PG 1991 144 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 6+

Slow start but magical finish

My boys and I have been reading Peter Pan, so I decided we'd watch Hook at our sleepover last night. And you know what, I say forget Rotten Tomatoes and its 28% (and the 2 stars here). It's a pretty magical movie. Yes, it's slow to get going, but once they got to Neverland, my boys were *cough* hooked. My 6 yr old, especially, just loved it. And he got it, too. When Peter tells Jack that he was his happy thought, he snuggled so close to me and my heart about burst. ❤️❤️❤️ This review misses the mark. The positive message here is NOT to stay young at heart. It's to enjoy your children (and to let them BE children) while you can because they grow up quickly. And it's a message for kids that even though we parents may get frustrated and angry, they are the most important things in our lives and we would literally do anything for them. It's truly a magical movie for parents to watch with their kids.
age 8+

Poor cinema, inappropriate content.

A lackluster film regardless of content. Poor screenplay, slow start, poor special effects, adult performances inexplicably worse than those of the children. Content: - poor role models exhibited until the last 15 minutes - glorifies name calling, bullying, potty humor - antagonist conflicted about infidelity - child dies by sword stabbing - scene depicting suicidal ideation with hook holding a gun to his head I’m not one to mind old movies. I think the warnings on Disney films about how culture has changed etc. etc. are often ridiculous. But this movie has aged exceptionally poorly. I watched it with my 8 year old but wouldn’t recommend less than 10, and, honestly, I don’t find a compelling reason to watch it at all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (31 ):

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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