Parents' Guide to

Hubie Halloween

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Crass, mean-spirited Halloween tale has cursing, bullying.

Movie PG-13 2020 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 11+

Common Sense review too harsh

It seems like the reviewer hated this film because she believes Sandler was playing a character with a disability. I saw no mean-spiritedness toward the character as far as the writing and story is concerned. Hubie is a kind and generous man in Salem, a town notorious for bullies (addressed by Hubie’s mom). Hubie has a lot of fears, but he faces them in order to help people, including the adults who bully him or ignore him. He doesn’t let their pranks or name-calling or throwing things at him get him down or inspire him to act like them. He turns the other cheek, and never holds it against them. There is crude humor, reference to consenting adults having sex problems, and one scene at a teen party where alcohol is being put in the punch, but no drunkenness or gory detailed violence. The violence is mostly directed at Hubie, and it’s the type of violence most kids 11 and younger have seen on the school yard (which means it’s relatable), but a bit more exaggerated. For example, an adult bully pushes Hubie, but instead of him falling to the ground and scraping his lip, Hubie is pushed into a grave, where he isn’t hurt, and gets his thermos out to help him. Two things I really appreciated about this movie: 1. There were appropriate consequences for the bullies (though it looks for a minute like it will be too harsh!), and this leads to confessions about why they think they chose to bully Hubie. There are at least four different confessions. 2. The pacing of the scary parts interlaced with silly humor was perfect for tweens. There is some tension, but it’s broken quite often, which is so important in learning emotion regulation. Most of the scary stuff is Hubie being scared, pranked, or startled. It wasn’t overwhelming.
age 18+

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37 ):
Kids say (78 ):

Nobody plays a kindhearted but simpleminded character like Sandler, which this movie proves once again. Though, really, it's more than time for the abled Sandler to quit playing characters who have implied mental disabilities. Squarely targeting the teen (or tween) male audience, Hubie Halloween offers a mishmash of Halloween hijinks, potty talk, anatomical humor, and celebrity cameos. Viewers are expected to laugh as Hubie is bullied and insulted for an hour and a half. The onslaught of meanness is intended to make his largesse at the end of the movie that much more heroic, and the near absence of redeeming qualities in other characters is meant to make their ultimate confessions of insecurities more satisfying. But none of it is particularly funny or satisfying. It's mostly tiring, sometimes disturbing, and, at moments, very insensitive.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: October 7, 2020
  • Cast: Adam Sandler , Julie Bowen , Steve Buscemi
  • Director: Stephen Brill
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Holidays
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude and suggestive content, language and brief teen partying.
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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