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Parent reviews for Hook

Common Sense says

Clumsy mishmash of a comedy has violence, profanity.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 17 reviews
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"

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Adult Written byBstanella October 12, 2014

Inappropriate and underlying messages

Did not enjoy this movie neither did my 7 year old boy . We changed it half way through . Suicidal tendencies by Hook , 2 mermaids kissing Peter Pan ( my son commented on that saying why would they show this if it's for kids and why would they kiss Peter Pan if they are not even in a relationship ) it was a U on sky movies . Don't see how this movie can be a U . I'm a parent who is careful about what my boys watch and I'm always looking at the underlying messages of children's movies as not all of them are as innocent as they may come across . If you are like me I'll say stay away from this movie if you have young children . My boys are 7 and 4 . Not sure what the rest of the movie was like but I'm sure it got progressively worst.
Parent Written byCourtney W. April 17, 2014

Love this movie

I had not seen this movie since it was originally released, and watched it with my almost 8 year old daughter the other day. To me, it's right up there with "The Princess Bride" for quality, originality, creativity and superb acting. Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith, and Arthur Malet top my list from this all star cast. Julia Roberts is perhaps the weakest link, but she was in her hay day in 1991. I was so surprised when I discovered that this movie was made that long ago. It is truly timeless. The cell phones are ridiculously large and a big deal is made of traveling overseas, which is commonplace for execs now, but the "Cat's in the Cradle" theme along with the fantastic adventure of the lost boys is timeless. I was struck by the difference in my experience, seeing this movie before having kids the first time, and now as a parent. It pulled at my heart in so many more ways. My daughter was nervous in some parts - when Hook comes to take the children (I would not have wanted her to see this in the theater at 7), and also the boo box was freaky for her. The movie is long - over 2 hours, and she was fully engaged the whole time. Again, it made me yearn for more movies of this quality instead of the formulated fart joke films that the studios churn out today. The costumes, the creativity, the story line... this is truly a collective work of art vs. just a movie product. I can't wait to watch this one with the whole family, it is a perfect family movie night pick in my opinion. Perhaps my favorite thing about the movie is that it is truly for boys, and portrays boys as they truly are with no compromise to make sure girls feel included or empowered. How refreshing! There is some swearing and some violence, however, I HIGHLY recommend this movie for anyone 8 years old and up. More sensitive kids may need to be 9. Enjoy this great film!

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Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written byMrsSchooling March 1, 2016

More like PG-13

I thought it'd be fine since it was rated PG, but it wasn't. The mermaid scene was totally inappropriate for young boys, Peter later kisses Tink (while he's married), and the violence and bad words were not what we wanted. Too bad because my boys love pirates.

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Adult Written byrebsy July 24, 2015

Trigger warning: some content related to suicide in the film

My primary concern about this film is Hook's suicidal ideation: at one point, he pulls out a gun, aims it at his head and tells Smee repeatedly that he is planning to end it all and not to try to stop him. While this scene is short, it was painful for my family. The rest of the film is relatively sweet, if formulaic.
Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written byMarcI 1 July 3, 2016

Hook good fun for families with kids 8+

This is a family movie. Despite the harsh review Common Sense Media wishes to impart, and takes several leaps of faith to establish why they believe it's 10+, the kids in this film are depicted at ages 5-10 and most kids in that age range identify with them. There are parents in the movie played well, but they have lessons to learn that kids will appreciate. There isn't "too much" of anything except kid fun. The CSM censorship really needs a gran of salt to believe as they want to establish overarching harsh ratings systems, that I wonder why some parents stick with them.
Adult Written byRachel D April 9, 2008

Great fun for the family

Excellent job by Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. This was the best kids movie in years. Such fun and fantastic fantasy!
Adult Written byh.mac April 24, 2015


Great for a family movie night and A great twist on the fairytail.

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Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Just Plain FUN

This is one for your video library -- a real keeper! Lots of fun without the worries of language and sex.
Adult Written byGhcool April 9, 2008
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 90s when movie showed more humor with name calling and violence in kids movies.

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Adult Written bysimpleseth February 5, 2019

A Movie Worth Watching

Hook is a classic film, it's a good kids flick. The message about being a father and the execution of a concept as simple as grown up Peter Pan. --- Rated PG for violence, mild language and brief sensuality

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Adult Written byMarimbus April 9, 2008

Not Clumsy at all

I think this the makers of this movie did their research. You can tell by the way the story is presented. If you know the book, you'll enjoy the movie more. I've always thought this movie was a masterpiece, with a good moral about spending time with your kids.