Hubie Halloween

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Crass, mean-spirited Halloween tale has cursing, bullying.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 40 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

True bravery is being kind. A hero turns the other cheek.

Positive Role Models & Representations

On the plus side, Hubie is kind, courteous, and considerate with everyone, no matter how they treat him. He remains cheerful even in the face of cruel bullying. Violet fosters kids and is also very kind to most people. Hubie's mom stands up for her son. But on the other hand, kids break rules (grabbing a handful of candy from a bowl marked "take one") and insult and physically abuse Hubie, as do most local adults. A teen boy treats his female peers as objects, a woman seems to enjoy being mean to her partner, a married couple threatens each other, and a teacher insults a student. Most main characters are White. And Sandler, who is abled, plays Hubie as if he has a mental disability, which is a problematic representation.

Violence

Hubie is teased relentlessly, bullied. He's pushed into an open grave (where another person falls in after him). Local kids constantly throw things at him: candy, balls, eggs, bags of poop. A teen threatens to beat him with a "tire iron." Hubie hits a parked car, flies off his bike. In another scene, he vomits profusely. Locals begin disappearing, including a teen in a corn maze, a man in a haunted house, a couple on a lonely night road. A character pretends to be a werewolf. Another has escaped from a hospital for people with mental illness. A character has people tied up, spreads gasoline around them, intending to light them on fire. A pig was said to be killed. A cat is almost hit by a car. A museum scene depicts a guillotine hanging; lots of references to Salem witches. A woman tells her husband she wishes he'd been knifed, and he replies by asking a police officer if he can "borrow" his gun.

Sex

A woman is never turned on by her male partner, despite his best intentions; this is a topic of regular conversation. Several women and one very little girl dress up in suggestive Harley Quinn costumes. One says Halloween is the "only day of the year you get to show your ex what he's missing." A patient escapes from a hospital for those with mental illness and leaves a decoy pile in his bed, including a hot dog positioned where his penis would be. Hubie and Violet kiss, once in person, once through the television. Teens kiss at a party, where a boy says he's eager to "hit on" a new crop of younger teen girls. A person dressed as a nun says, "I'm asexual, but that girl's making me hella horny."

Language

Hubie is constant target of insults, from kids and adults -- even the local priest. A teacher cruelly insults a young bully in front of all the other kids in the school cafeteria, also announcing his deficient reading level. Potty talk includes "pee-pee," "s--t," "butt," "drop a log," "piss," and "feces." Running jokes include people calling Hubie "Pubie," and Hubie and his mom mistaking the word "boner" to mean "mistake." Hubie's mom and her friend buy T-shirts at a used clothing store and don't seem to grasp their meaning, with slogans like "I shaved my balls for this?" "It's not going to lick itself!" and "Happy Hallo-weener," among others. Other language includes "balls," "boogers," "ass," "s--t," "buffoon," "suck," "peckerhead," "dummy," "boobie," "idiot," "crap," and "t-tty-twister."

Consumerism

Harley Quinn, Captain Underpants, Barbie, It, Wizard of Oz, Ghostbusters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens drink beer, vape, spike the punch with liquor at a Halloween party. Reference to a "drunk guy" who threw up. Violet offers Hubie wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's lots of crass humor, language, bullying, and mean behavior in Adam Sandler's Hubie Halloween. Though main character Hubie (Sandler) is a cheerful, kind, and brave man who succeeds in the end, Sandler, who is abled, plays him as if he has a mental disability. That's a problematic representation, and it also makes Hubie the target of constant cruelty (insults, pranks, having things thrown at him) from both kids and adults, including the local priest. The nasty behavior extends to other characters, with teens and couples treating each other callously and a teacher insulting a student in front of his classmates. Fart, poop, and erection jokes abound, and no opportunity is missed for vulgarity: A ghost sheet has pee stains, a dog eats its own poop, a hot dog is positioned on a bed where a man's penis would be, and Hubie's mom cluelessly wears used T-shirts with crude sexual sayings on them. There's also some kissing and lots of mild Halloween-themed scares. Teens drink and smoke at a Halloween party. Language includes potty talk, plus "s--t," "boner," "balls," "boogers," "ass," "buffoon," "suck," "peckerhead," "dummy," "boobie," "idiot," "crap," and "t-tty-twister."

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byGxgginc October 11, 2020

its funny... you can give them that...

it DOES say pretty much every cuss word 2 or 3 times EXCEPT for f--k. there is jokes about sex but not as intense as common sense makes them out to be. good mov... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlissaishere October 7, 2020

Great movie

There is sex jokes but there not that bad one says on a kids shirt boner donor and some other jokes and there is alot of swearing which i was most concerned wh... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byVerified Movie ... October 10, 2020

Higher Expectations...

Overall an ok movie. Lots of sexual jokes, but if you're over the age of 12 and mature enough it's not a problem. There isn't a lot of gore, exce... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byBuddyZarrar October 9, 2020

EQUAL to my expectations.

Hubie Halloween finds Adam Sandler in a highly complicated role to perform but he nails it off just right. The story is good too. While the bullying scenes are... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) considers himself responsible for monitoring activities every Halloween in his historic hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, in HUBIE HALLOWEEN. Hubie still lives with his mom and carries a multipurpose Thermos with him everywhere, which -- combined with his implied mental disability -- makes him the target of constant teasing and bullying by town locals. The only people who see his kind heart are his mom (June Squibb) and his local crush, foster mom Violet Valentine (Julie Bowen). As Halloween hits this year, Hubie grapples with a new and suspicious neighbor (Steve Buscemi), a local inmate on the run (Rob Schneider), and people disappearing in strange ways.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the moral of Hubie Halloween. Did the townsfolk learn their lesson?

  • Did the character of Hubie remind you of any other characters played by Adam Sandler? Why is it problematic for an abled person to play a character with a disability? Are there exceptions? Why, or why not?

  • How is bullying portrayed here? Do you think it's ever funny to see someone get bullied? Why, or why not?

  • There are a lot of other movies referenced in this film. Can you name any?

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