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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good people eventually see that slavery is wrong. It's important to know the difference between right and wrong, but sometimes people can be persuaded that wrong things are right.
Positive Role Models
Huck is a self-sufficient kid who has survived his violent and drunken father's beatings and abuse. He loves Jim, and his loyalty to him outweighs notions that slavery is OK just because it's the law in the South. Jim is a steadfast and loyal friend and protector. Huck is a good liar and uses the ability strategically. Both Huck and Jim show a willingness to apologize for their errors.
Violence & Scariness
Feuding families shoot and kill each other. A slave is nearly hanged but saved at the last minute. A boy is shot and killed. Another boy is shot in the back but survives. A little blood is seen. Thieves die on a sinking ship. A criminal is killed by his partners. Men are tarred. A corpse is dug up. Two men try to scam a wealthy grieving family out of their money.
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"Hell," "damn," "ass," "butt," and "turd."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is a violent drunk. Adults drink alcohol. A boy smokes a pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 family-friendly Disney version of the Mark Twain novel set in the pre-Civil War South. Unlike the novel, there's no use of the "N" word, but the anti-racist message is clear. The immorality of slavery, the importance of knowing right from wrong, and a celebration of friendship and adventure are all on display. Huck is a fearless child, abused by a selfish and drunken father. Frightening situations arise in his quest to help his runaway slave friend get to the safety of the North, but it's his failings and his struggles to overcome them that make him a character kids will identify with and perhaps admire. Language includes "ass," "butt," and "hell." Feuding families shoot and kill each other. A slave is nearly hanged but saved at the last minute. A boy is shot and killed. Another boy is shot in the back but survives. A little blood is seen. Thieves die on a sinking ship. A criminal is killed by his partners. Men are tarred. A corpse is dug up. Two men try to scam a wealthy grieving family out of their money. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This Disney version of a classic story is a well-made film for kids that deals with adult issues: child abuse, alcoholism, slavery, friendship, and doing the right thing. The Adventures of Huck Finn blunts some of the force of Twain's novel, which uses racist language, making this something that can appeal to the sense of fairness that resides in the hearts of most young middle-school kids. Huck's resilience in the face of hardship -- parental abuse, strict rules, and guardians bent on "civilizing" him -- is exemplary. His ingenuity, self-reliance, and poise in difficult situations also makes him a perfect antihero. He has no use for money or nice clothes, and he can as easily shoot a wild boar as pretend to be a demure girl in a pink frock. His example might help guide some kids struggling to handle sibling and schoolyard rivalries, as well as moral dilemmas. Wood is a likable Huck, and Vance plays Jim as a man of great depth, curiosity, and decency.
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