Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Clumsy mishmash of a comedy has violence, profanity.
  • PG
  • 1991
  • 144 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 23 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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. 

What 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!" 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 s... Continue reading
Parent Written byMoni883 March 11, 2019
My son very much enjoyed this movie he first watched it when he was five and it still is one of his favorites several years later. This movie was made in the 9... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCreaBird February 26, 2021

My First Review! A Brilliant Masterpiece [SPOILERS}

This movie takes place many years after the classic Peter Pan film, and stays true to its general feel. Peter has grown into a businessman with very little time... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 21, 2021


This movie was pretty god but not the best. Little kids will enjoy more.

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.

Talk to your kids 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? Do you like the live action take on Peter Pan, or do you prefer the animated original or other versions? 

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

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love pirate stories and fairy friends

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