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YMMV: Hook
  • Acceptable Targets: Jack describing Peter's work as a lawyer causes Wendy to reply "Peter, you've become a pirate!" Later, when Peter tells the Lost Boys he's a lawyer, not a pirate, they still don't have any qualms about killing him and he says, "I'm not that kind of lawyer!" (Note that to them adult = pirate; they don't actually know what lawyers are but figure it must be bad too since he's an adult.) Even Peter himself tells a couple of lawyer-jokes at a dinner party; "There are some things even rats won't do."
  • Accidental Innuendo: This combat banter between Hook and Peter while they are fighting Makes Sense In Context but seems rather interesting out of context:
    Peter: You know, I remember you being a lot bigger.
    Hook: To a ten year old, I'm huge.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Peter at the beginning is already dedicated to his family, he just gets overwhelmed by his many commitments. Moira's treatment of him is basically emotional abuse.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Peter and the Lost Boys are more sad about their good-bye than the fact that Rufio was killed a few minutes ago!
    • This was a major point of the original story; anyone who died was instantly forgotten.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
  • Colbert Bump:
    • The film was already fairly well-known, but it gained even more recognition and popularity after a.) Homestuck made a Running Gag out of the film and the character of Rufio and b.) the Nostalgia Critic reviewed it.
    • Dante Basco earning the adoration of a new generation in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics widely panned it, but audiences were more favorable. The critics didn't take into account that in the eighty years since Peter left Neverland, there have been lost boys every year since, including the 80s. They would've brought their slang with them.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • John Williams' music for Peter's "first" flight. Notable in that while the film received mixed-to-negative reviews, the soundtrack was universally praised. Of course, this is John Williams we're talking about here.
    • Maggie's song "When You're Alone" was also nominated for an Oscar.
    • While this is not actually part of the movie, this musical remix of the movie definitely counts.
    • Hook's leitmotif.
    • The track "The Never-Feast". Toward the end of CBS' original NFL coverage (starting with Super Bowl XXVI and continuing through the 1993 NFC Championship game that ended CBS' NFC coverage) would often use the segments from 1:09 to 1:19 and 1:36 to 2:31 in the background when lead broadcaster Pat Summerall would set up the game action before blending with Frankie Vinci's theme introduced in that Super Bowl.
  • Detractor Nickname: Julia Roberts actually had one amongst the crew because of how she treated everyone: "Tinkerhell".
  • Ear Worm: The pirates chanting "Hook! Hook! Where's the Hook?!"
  • Ending Fatigue: There are several false starts to the Peter-Hook battle, and after that's wrapped up, as Roger Ebert put it, "Then comes the ending of the movie. Or the endings. One after another. Farewells. Poignancy. Lessons to be learned. Speeches to be made. Lost marbles to be rediscovered. Tears to be shed." And now you know why this movie is 2 hours and 24 minutes long (which, at the time, was seen as excessive for a family-oriented film).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Rufio! Rufio! RU! FI! OOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Ooooh, that is so dangerous...
    • Even the film's detractors tend to praise Bob Hoskins' Smee.
  • Foe Yay: Towards the end, Hook asks However did you manage to fit into those smashing tights again, Peter?.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • In most performances of Peter Pan, the actor who plays the children's father also plays Captain Hook. In this story, the children's father is Peter Pan.
    • A bit of brilliance that is mentioned elsewhere on This Very Wiki is the fact that when Tinkerbell first appears onscreen, she's speaking English, whereas in every other version of Peter Pan she "speaks" with a chiming noise, because only people from Neverland can understand her. However, the only person she speaks to outside of Neverland is Peter. That's the clue; for everything else Peter has forgotten about Neverland, he can still talk to faeries.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Peter's family flies to London on Pan Am... which went out of business a week before the film premiered. Pan Am would've still been on its last legs when the film was under production, so it counts. (Spielberg declared he didn't want to remove it as the sole reason for the brand inclusion was the Visual Pun regarding "Pan")
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • A great swordsman played by Dante Basco whispering "I wish I had a you" as he's killed by Hook becomes even more of a Tear Jerker to modern Prince Zuko fans. (For those who aren't familiar with the series, Zuko is a "Well Done, Son!" Guy to one of the worst dads in history.)
    • Hook's attempted suicide mixes this and Too Soon after Robin Williams' death.
    • The last line of the movie, Peter Pan's "To live ... to live would be an awfully big adventure", sounds so very sad after Mr. Williams' suicide.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Glenn Close has a cameo as a male pirate (the one that gets thrown in the "Boo Box" just before Peter first confronts Hook). Cut to 2011, when Close plays a woman masquerading as a male butler in Albert Nobbs, a role that got her nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
    • Early in the movie, Peter is angry while on the phone because a development deal is being delayed due to endangered owls burrowing in the area, causing him to ask "Does anyone miss the Tyrannosaurus-rex!?" This is this trope for two reasons:
      • The book (and later, movie) Hoot, which is about a greedy developer wanting to build over an area where endangered owls are burrowing underground.
      • Steven Spielberg's next film would be Jurassic Park, involves people who miss the T-rex.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Peter keeps getting described as fat by the Neverland denizens (save for Thudbutt, who's the Big Fun of the Lost Boys) when he first arrives. He magically sheds a lot of it for the fight.
  • Ho Yay: Bob Hoskins said that he portrayed Smee's character as though he was in a homosexual relationship with Hook.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many Avatar: The Last Airbender fans watch this movie just for Dante Basco.
  • Magnificent Bastard: There's a reason the movie isn't called "Pan".
  • Memetic Mutation: "Ru-fi-o! Ru-fi-o! Ru! Fi! OOOOOOOOH!"
    • "BANG-A-RANG!"
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • Played straight with the NES and Gameboy versions, but averted with the SNES, Genesis, and Sega CD ones.
    • There's also a pretty good arcade port with several playable characters, though Pan is a real Game Breaker and really the only one worth using.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Jack's drawing, which sets off alarm bells for Moira.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: On the one hand, Jack is way too over the top about his father's supposed neglect. This is especially clear with the baseball game, where Peter makes every effort to be there, and still sends a co-worker to tape it, clearly showing that he does care about it. On the other, Jack, being still a child, doesn't necessarily understand that his father does unconditionally love him, forming a weak spot that Hook can exploit to turn him to his side.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The film has done quite well on cable, as well as ABC Family. As with many other films, it's referenced occasionally in Homestuck - complete with Rufio's death — which has also helped renew interest in it. Then Dante Basco himself started reading it...
  • What The Hell Costuming Department: Due to Disney's version of Tinker Bell being the most prolific version that everyone thinks of, one would think that a live-action one played by Julia Roberts would be just as adorable. Unfortunately, the costume she wears in the movie has a very dull, Real Is Brown vibe to it, along with scruffy hair that looks more in place with a Hobbit movie than with Peter Pan.
    • Averted with Captain Hook, the costume is magnificent and captures the look very nicely.

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