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Hancock (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  2 July 2008 (USA)
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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image.



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The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. Written by Rob Marshall, Chicago, IL

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Meet the superhero everybody loves to hate. See more »


Action | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Hancock  »

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,589,095 (UK) (4 July 2008)


$227,946,274 (USA) (5 September 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dave Chappelle was seriously considered for the lead. See more »


During the car chase, Hancock breaks a bottle behind a suspect's car. In next shot, he holds a different, obviously fake broken bottle. See more »


[first lines]
Police Officer: All units. All units. Code 3 pursuit of 2-11 white SUV heading east on Alameda service road. Suspects: three Asian males. Request back-up immediately. Be advised. Shots fired. Shots fired.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.171 (2009) See more »


Highway 13
Written and Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

Not your typical "superhero" movie, but still good
1 July 2008 | by (Brazil, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to go to a pre-screening of Hancock last night and I really enjoyed it. I don't understand all of the criticism this movie is receiving. Everyone take a second and realize this is not a Marvel or DC comic book superhero movie. Now think about that again. It is a different story entirely and has some very unique elements.

Hancock isn't action packed. It doesn't have a Superhero vs. Supervillan plot. I would probably describe it as a character study of the superhero. I think this movie does a better job of addressing some of the issues (and vices) a superhero probably would have if they existed today. The biggest conflict in the movie is within Will Smith's character's attitude, not necessarily good vs. evil.

I think much of the criticism I have read about is motivated by expectations that were not met, which isn't fair at all. If you watch Hancock with only the expectation of being entertained, you will leave happy. Its a good movie, don't jump on the bandwagon of not liking it just because you can. Give it a chance and take it for what it is, a July 4th action/comedy.

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