Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
American author Mark Twain narrates his tale of 1850s boyhood pals Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, whose uncommon experiences include witnessing a murder and then having to decide whether to prevent an innocent man from being hung for the crime.
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- Jo Kastner
- Children & Family
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014) is a live-action reimagining of Mark Twain's classic novel. After witnessing a murder in the town graveyard one late night, young teens Tom and Huck embark on a series of adventures and misadventures as they protect themselves from the killer, find a buried treasure, and fall in love (well, one of them does). Suspense and violence accompany the intrepid boys' odyssey: a shooting, a stabbing, chases, narrow escapes, and more. Though the boys are fearless, dishonest mischief-makers at the onset, they learn important lessons about integrity, responsibility, and justice. There is some adult drinking and drunkenness, and Huck smokes a corncob pipe. Filmmakers have made an effort to avoid controversy by leaving out racial epithets found in Twain's spirited novel. There is mild profanity ("hell" and "damn").
- Sexual Content
- Tom has a crush on Becky Thatcher, hesitantly kisses her.
- Tom and Huck endure lots of scares and danger: They watch from the shadows as a man is stabbed to death; are chased by a vengeful villain on foot and on horseback; get lost in a cave; are held at gunpoint. Tom is choked in a dream, attacked by bats, and sees a villain throw a knife and shoot a man. Bodies and skeletons appear, sometimes startling the heroes.
- "Hell," "damn," "dammit."
- Social Behavior
- Sometimes being honest takes great courage. It's important to admit mistakes and learn from them. Being eager for adventure and disobeying rules can lead to unexpected danger.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Young teen Huck smokes a corncob pipe in several scenes; Tom takes a puff once. References are made to several adult males as "drunks." A man referred to as a drunk is accused of murder. A celebratory scene shows townsfolk drinking and being drunk.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it