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Tom and Huck

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, comedy, drama


Mischief-maker Tom Sawyer and his pal Huck team up to steal a pirate's treasure map in order to save an innocent man from being wrongly convicted of a crime.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    25%
  • Audience Score
    41%

common sense

ON for kids age 11
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Unexceptional adaptation, but entertaining movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while Disney toned down Mark Twain's story, there are mature social themes here, including: references to a father beating his son; an oblique comment about a man who ran away from the Civil War; folk superstitions such as curing warts with a dead cat in the graveyard; the difficulty an aunt faces in raising her orphaned nephews; whippings as punishment for misbehaving children; an alcoholic who is suspected of murder; poor "river folk" who travel the Mississippi looking for work; and, a Native American as a cold-hearted killer. 'Parents should be aware that two characters are killed (non-explicit, but very threatening scenes), that a staggering drunk is framed for a murder, that an adult hits kids and threatens to kill them, and a boy refers to being beaten by his father. There is a funeral for a character who is thought to be dead as well as a near-lynching of a man suspected of murder. Scenes of peril include children being chased, a bible used as a defense against a knife attack, and a dream-sequence of a character in danger. Adults are unable to protect children, and children sneak away from home with references to running away.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the themes of loyalty, friendship, and doing what is right, even if it means breaking an oath. How does Tom's relationship to Huck change from one of hero-worship to real friendship? Huck is clearly wary of the townspeople, and families might want to talk about how his character develops during this movie. Tom is portrayed as a daring and intelligent boy, yet there are also example of times he is headstrong and manipulative those around him. Families might discuss which characteristics of Tom, Huck, Aunt Polly, the Widow Douglas, and Becky they admire and which they see in themselves.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    25%
    reviews counted: 13
    see all Tom and Huck reviews
  • Audience

    41%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Bob Grimm, Las Vegas Mercury, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

2 stars

I don't know who took me to see this. I wonder what they were thinking.

- nlitton, Sunday, June 18, 2006

2 stars

Huck Finn is better with Elijah Wood, way better.

- jim222001us, Monday, August 6, 2007

4 stars

Classic.

- Yinali, Tuesday, July 24, 2007