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Clumsy mishmash of a comedy has violence, profanity.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 144 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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. 


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. 


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!" 


"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. 


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. 

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!" 

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 archnemesis, Captain Hook.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of Peter Pan. Why is it a classic story?

  • How is this version of the story different from others you've seen?

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 11, 1991
DVD/Streaming 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

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

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

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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