Hubie Halloween

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

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

PG-13 2020 102 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 77 reviews

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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.

This title has:

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Great role models
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age 18+

Too many sexual jokes

I didn’t expect much but was still disappointed. Could have been ok but kids said it was cringy and there were way too many sexual jokes. My kids learned some new words like boner and horny, if you catch all the t-shirt writing you will pick up worse. In one scene someone is jokily sucking on his fingers and asks his wife if it “turns you on”, and she jokes “what are those supposed to be, tiny penises?”. Is that really the kind of joke for pg-13???? Gross! Worse for tweens and young teens than if it was scarier or violent. Nothing scary in this movie just the inappropriate sex humor in what seemed like it could have been a kid/family friendly movie. Cringy garbage.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

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