Hocus Pocus

1993 PG 1h 36m DVD

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Hocus Pocus

1993 PG 1h 36m DVD
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  • Cast
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy star in this supernatural family comedy as a trio of 17th-century sibling witches who are accidentally resurrected in the 20th century by teenager Max.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
  • Bette Midler
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Kathy Najimy
  • Thora Birch
  • Omri Katz
  • Vinessa Shaw
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie involves a plot to suck the life force out of children (and one little girl dies that way). A couple of high school bullies harass a male classmate in a graveyard, asking him for "smokes" and "hash" and finally stealing his shoes. There are mild sexual references, such as a high school boy hugging his pillow and murmuring, "Oh, Allison, you're so soft," as well as some frisky flirting from one of the witches. The main character is teased about being a virgin. The body of an "unfaithful lover" rises from the grave. Main features of the story are a book bound in human skin and a candle made from the fat of a hanged man. A tale is told about the Devil, and there are various gross-out moments. But it's important to note that all of the above is done in the playful, spooky spirit of Halloween.

Sexual Content

References to virginity and an unfaithful lover; some flirting. Boy hugs a pillow and says "Oh, Allison, you're so soft."

Violence

The violence is all magical, but there are a couple of gross-out scenes, such as a cat getting run over by a bus and a zombie cutting his mouth open. Some bullying; a child dies onscreen but not violently -- the witches take her life-force while she's in a trance-like state and she quietly slumps over in a chair.

Language

Mild; the only offenders are "damn," "wench," "moron," and "go to hell."

Social Behavior

The teenage newbie in town (Max), his love interest (Allison) and his kid sister (Dani) outwit three naughty witches on Halloween. Along the way they learn about friendship and teamwork.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

References to "hash" and "smokes," but none are smoked by the kids or adults.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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