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Steven Spielberg's deeply flawed but sporadically fun and moving update of the Peter Pan legend stars Robin Williams as the grown-up Pan, a corporate-takeover type who must embrace his old identity in order to save his kids from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). The stars put on a good show, including Hoffman's read of Hook's hysterical personality, Julia Roberts mini-turn as a tiny Tinker Bell, and Maggie Smith's touching performance as the aged Wendy. The visual contrast between the adult Pan's bustling outside world and the insulated fantasy of Neverland is striking, but Spielberg's ideas about the Lost Boys--politically correct in their ethnic diversity, energetic on skateboards--are contrived and cheapening. On the plus side, the story's theme about adults finding their innocence again through their children is very touching (though some people have found it cloying). If you can look beyond the glaring problems, there's plenty to like here.--Tom Keogh
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CastDustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Robin Williams, Charlie Korsmo
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Release Date:  1991
Screen WriterJ.M. Barrie, Nick Castle, James V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo
DVD Release Date:  March 21, 2000
Runtime:  144 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Fun movie to watch, but not sure if I buy an adult playing Peter when his wild boys are still all boys.
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Pros: Great movie, I really love Jack     Cons: What? Oh, sorry - I forgot what cons are. Blame Neverland.     The Bottom Line: Loved it. I'd watch it again. And again. And one more time for luck...     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Let’s face it – I have nothing better to do. So, just like I figured I might as well review every book I own, why not start in on the movies? Gotta keep my …
review by . May 24, 2001
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Boo, says the old woman in princess bride at the Critics. Hook is in my top five favorite movies without a doubt. The ones who don't like it, don't understand the underlying thread. Peter grows up - and forgets his childhood as the flying menace. He is even afraid of heights! It doesn't matter whether you are a spielberg fan or not, if you love interesting films that hauntingly leave a mark of childishness on your heart, then this is for you. I have watched this film more than any other movie. I …
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