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The Adventures of Huck Finn | 1993 | PG | - 0.5.2

This is the fifth screen retelling of Mark Twain's river saga, given a contemporary polish, courtesy of Disney. Elijah Wood plays Twain's answer to Bart Simpson and Courtney B. Vance is his good buddy Jim.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Several fist fights erupt, with solid, painful-looking blows. Huck's father threatens him with a knife, and Huck holds him off with a rifle. Eventually the father is shown dead of a gunshot wound. Huck kills a rat by winging a bottle at it. He also shoots a boar, drags it around and smears its blood on the walls of his father's cabin. During a gun battle between feuding families, a young boy named Billy is shot (off-screen) and his corpse is found floating in the river. A slave receives a whipping, just out of camera range. Huck's companion, Jim, shows the deep welts of a whipping he's been subjected to. During a mob scene, a shooting and a stabbing occur. Two villains are shown to have been coated with hot tar. A noose is placed around Jim's neck, but he does not hang.

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LANGUAGE 2 - Huck enjoys salty language, consisting mainly of mild profanities.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The mindset behind slavery is examined, though hardly in-depth. Alcoholism and child abuse are demonstrated by Huck's father. Huck smokes a pipe.
MESSAGE - The value of friendship is the point most strongly delivered here.
CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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