“Looky, looky, I’ve got Hookie.”

Think of a happy thought, because Hook is (probably not) the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Katherin(e) the Great.

Review in a Nutshell:  A lavisciouly produced but fundamentally misguided fantasy film, Hook has its ups and downs.  What’s up with that burping crocodile, Steven Spielberg?

This movie contains:

Scurvy Pirates.

Captain James T. Hook.

The Boo Box.

Rufio.  (Never forget!)



  1. YES!! I love this movie! I cannot wait to listen to this episode, I am downloading it now! I hope they don’t hate it!

  2. Eduardo M. says:

    How could you guys NOT have mentioned Glenn Close as the pirate who put in the boo-boo box??!!! You talk about how it seemed like some of the pirates were women in drag and NOT mention that?! and its even THAT much of a secret.

  3. gooberzilla says:

    The next person that prefaces a comment with “How could you not mention…” earns an Internet gonad-punch. Seriously. I’m sick of that. If I didn’t mention it, it’s because a.) I didn’t know that or b.) I thought it wasn’t worth mentioning or c.) it simply didn’t come up in the course of conversation. Usually it’s option A.

  4. Sugar-Chan says:

    How could you NOT mention—I’M KIDDING! Please don’t hit me!

    Two fun personal facts about this movie. 1) I went to go see this movie on a field trip in elementary school. Looking back on how ruthless it can get (i.e. Boo Box and shooting a pirate trying to steal a base) I’m shocked that my school would have taken us to go see something like this. Different times, I guess. I don’t think schools go to the movies for field trips anymore…

    2) I went to high school with the kid who played Pockets (OH! There you are Peter!) and he was forever embarassed by the role. I’ve loved “Hook” since I first saw it as a child, and when I found out who he was I regarded him as a celebrity. That went away when he started dating my high school best friend. He still has the original copy of the script signed by Robin Williams. I thought that was pretty cool.

  5. ok, I listened to the episode now. I am glad you guys didn’t hate it. I agree with most of what you guys said. I never liked the crocodile thing nor the big tink thing.

    I guess what I really liked about the movie was always the sets and the music. I guess I am a sucker for a good John Williams theme. I love the Smee theme especially.

    I don’t know why but whenever I think of this movie I always think of Waterworld too. Maybe because of all the water?

  6. A throwaway comment about Lost Girls and Lost Boys being like Chipettes and Chipmunks reminded me of the mildly bizarre (as well as mildly racist) animated movie The Chipmunk Adventure, which my sister and I saw enough to quote back and forth to this day. And we’re in your age demographic, so perhaps there’s overlap? Watched today, it exudes an uncomfortable, greasy late ’80s sexuality and stands out as an animation oddity a la Fire and Ice. YOU SHOULD FEATURE THAT MOVIE, PAUL! I don’t know if you have already, and I refuse to check the archives until after I have finished this comment. Which is right about … now.

  7. The Moogle Master says:

    I remember liking this movie as a kid, though i have not seen this movie in some years.

    Wonder if it would still hold up?

  8. timeliebe says:

    I have to say, I’m sort of with Paul’s and Katherin’s comments about HOOK and its contemptuous take on maturity and responsibility. If I were Kate Capshaw, I’d be worried about what the movie says regarding my husband feelings on being married and having kids. (BTW, my niece doesn’t agree with me at all on this – she thinks the premise of the movie is an adult regaining his sense of childlike wonder and magic, so YMMV.)

    Regarding “The Pan” and Peter’s legendary status – funny how nostalgic people get for the very guys they fought tooth and nail when he was in charge, isn’t it?

  9. Edmund says:

    I used to have the SNES Hook game, i think I bought it for $5 at a ghetto game store in Brooklyn. It wasn’t bad, especially when compared to the Cool World video game.

  10. Katherin says:

    @ Franklin. Yes, when we mentioned the whole Chipette and Chipmunk thing, I was most definitely referencing The Chipmunk Adventure. I loved that movie growing up (as did my sister, though I’m not too sure about Paul’s thoughts on it) and would definitely be down to podcast it if it hasn’t been done already!

  11. Matthew says:

    I used to watch Hook a lot as a kid along with these other movies,
    Uncle Buck, Ghostbusters, Drop Dead Fred, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Look Who’s Talking, Christmas Vacation and a few others

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