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Hubie Halloween | 2020 | PG-13 | – 3.4.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Hubie Halloween” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “crude and suggestive content, language and brief teen partying.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, sexually suggestive references, several jumps scenes in nighttime sequences, many scenes of a man being bullied and pummeled with a variety of foods and excrement, several people tied up and nearly set on fire, many arguments, and strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A shy man (Adam Sandler) is ridiculed by townspeople in Salem, Massachusetts, since he spends each year making sure they practice Halloween safety. During one Halloween, he must also solve the case of an escaped mental patient (Rob Schneider) and a strange next-door neighbor (Steve Buschemi), as city leaders fail to take him seriously. Also with Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows and Ray Liotta. Directed by Stephen Brill. [Running Time: 1:43]

Hubie Halloween SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and a woman eat opposite sides of a sandwich sloppily while moaning and then kiss each other for several seconds. We hear a man and a woman on a phone with heavy breathing, slurping and moaning, saying they are eating spaghetti and meatballs. A man and a woman kiss TV screens, with the woman sticking out her tongue to lick the screen. A man and a woman tell each other, “I love you” and have always loved each other since first and second grade; the scene cuts to the couple standing on a porch, embracing and kissing for a few seconds, twice.
 A woman’s husband asks her if she is turned on after he does several Halloween pranks, like licking the fingers of his costume’s rubber monster-hands, and scaring a man while wearing a Frankenstein-like costume; she always says no. A woman wears T-shirts with sexually suggestive phrases in several scenes (e.g. “It’s not going to lick itself,” “I shaved my balls for this?” and “Happy Halloweener.” A woman and her adult son use a sexually suggestive term (“boner”) several times as meaning “mistake” and townspeople of all ages laugh at them for not knowing that the word also means sexual arousal.
 A man tells a group of people that his wife is sexually unsatisfied, never has sex, and a neighbor does not have much sex. A man walks between a teen couple so that the boy and the girl cannot kiss each other at a party. A twenty-something woman asks an older man if he is hitting on her and he says no and leaves the scene angrily, as she laughs. A man speaks with a high-pitched voice on a radio program and his wife’s voice is deep.
 A woman wears a clingy mini-dress that hugs her bosom and reveals bare legs to middle thighs. Two teen girls wear leather mini-skirts and several girls (including a six-year-old) dress like the anti-hero Harley Quinn with midriff-baring crop tops with legless shorts and sheer pantyhose. A man sits on a toilet and we see him from the waist up and in another bathroom scene he is shown seated on the toilet with his thighs and lower legs visible and a long shirt covers his groin and buttocks.


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Hubie Halloween VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A man patrolling the streets on Halloween night is repeatedly startled, screaming dozens of times at decorations like a flaming scarecrow in a yard, a man hanging upside down and roaring in a haunted house, a fake skeleton, a priest who wears a devil’s mask, and a girl in Goth makeup, who grabs his ankle. A dozen animatronic monsters (ghosts, skeletons, and Frankenstein’s monster) in front of a store cackle and laugh. A teen boy wears a lamb’s head mask and sticks his head through a meat case, scaring a deli clerk who screams; he also gets under a produce display and reaches his arm up out of some fruit, causing the clerk to scream again. A man wears a fake axe on his head with some fake blood. A man in a car is startled by a passerby and screams. Teens and children wear costumes as robots, Universal Studios monsters, and zombies with sunken eyes. We hear screams and moans from a recording in a haunted house. One house and yard is full of ghosts made of sheets, scarecrows, and skeletons. A new neighbor boards up his house for the holiday and we hear moaning and screaming coming from inside. A priest hangs upside down from a tree, shouts and passes out. A man shouts at a little boy with a green face and yells “Burn him!” and “Ghost! Murder!” at drivers wearing costumes at a drive-in theater; a driver turns on his lights and drives toward him, but stops.
 A man screams, “Mama” and rushes home by motorboat and on foot and finds several people tied to stakes in his backyard, as a woman with a can of gasoline douses their feet; in slow motion, she lights a match and tosses it, but the man throws soup on the match to extinguish it and police arrive and point handguns at the woman as two other men point their forefingers like guns at her.
 Middle school kids in a lunchroom shout at a safety program presenter and throw food, silverware and trash at him; someone hits him in the head with a basketball (he is unharmed) and a boy asks if the sheet he is wearing to be a ghost is “pee-stained,” but we see no stains. Kids on bikes throw rocks, lunch bags of feces that splatter on the street and other objects at a man while he is biking, and he falls off and into a parked car (he is uninjured). Someone throws a computer monitor and other debris from off screen at a man, but nothing hits him. A man runs through woods at night and is attacked from off-screen by debris, a flaming arrow, and a bear that stands and roars, but he escapes. A teen boy slaps a cup of hot coffee out of the hand of another teen boy, who walks away. A teen boy punches another teen boy, knocking him to the ground (he gets up unharmed); a man off-screen pulls the bully off-screen and we hear a scream.
 At a graveside funeral, we see many mourners and a man tells a woman she looks like a witch; a man pushes another man into a grave, where he lands on a coffin, a grave digger shovels in some dirt, gasps, “The dead speak,” passes out, and falls into the grave as the first man begins to speak. A patient in a forensic hospital sneaks out wearing scrubs, and puts on a rubber pig-head mask he finds on a street; a guard kicks something in a bed, the blanket drops, and we see a massive pile of shivering Jell-O cubes.
 A man breaks into a dark, boarded up house when he hears screams and moans inside, finding many scratch marks on a wall, empty dog food cans, and a spread out newspaper with feces covering it; he finds a man wearing a dirty undershirt and jeans in a corner, snarling and howling, but the second man howls more and runs outside.
 A husband and his wife in a car slam on the brakes as they see a dark figure in the road ahead; the man approaches the figure, which turns out to be a scarecrow, but he disappears and his wife gasps. A man enters a dark corn maze and finds a teen girl and a teen boy, and he tells them to go home; he turns toward someone groaning to find another teen boy tied up, his mouth stuffed with an ear of corn and the boy is pulled into a stand of corn by unseen hands and the man gasps. A man handcuffs himself to his refrigerator and later says he is a werewolf. A man points to a display of a fake person hanging by the neck and tells a friend that his ancestor was hanged as a witch. A man tosses a book through a window, shattering the glass loudly. A teen boy fires a flare into a window, it breaks, and smoke spews out as an unharmed woman inside yells (we see her hair is slightly smoking). A man tosses a cat several feet into a woman’s arms and she shouts. On a TV screen we see the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and a woman screaming; later, we see a zombie with sunken eyes eat the face of a man and a dog on the screen (a little blood is visible in the grainy black and white shot).
 Two men argue briefly, two other men argue several seconds, and a man and his mother argue briefly. A woman tells a man she will bury one of her shoes up his backside. A woman threatens to beat up another woman. A teen boy threatens to beat a man with a tire iron. In two scenes, a group of people walks slowly toward a man, threatening him verbally, but he escapes. A woman berates several people for bullying a man since he was a boy. Teens and adults call a man derogatory names every day. A man cries as he tells a police officer his pig is dead, but we don’t see the animal; the man’s wife yells at him and tells him they will eat the pig and she later tells the man that he should have been knifed instead of the pig. A man says his father died recently and another man says his father died two years ago. We hear a man threw up in jail.
 Kids throw eggs at a man on a bike, but he catches them in his thermos and drinks them, vomiting a wide long spurt of brown goo. A man flatulates, snorts, yips and growls. A man sits on a toilet and we see him from the waist up, and in another bathroom scene he is shown seated on the toilet. A man’s front yard has a clothesline with a brown-stained sheet on the line. We see a man on the street spit many pumpkin seeds into grass. A dog squats in grass, a man shouts about feces and the camera cuts away, and back, to show the dog eating something (probably feces).


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Hubie Halloween LANGUAGE 4

 – 10 sexual references (3 on T-shirts), 20 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 26 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy old bat, nuts [crazy], fool, dummy, dumb, stupid, jerk, weirdo, desperate sicko, idiot, psycho, goof, coffee boy, evil one, wicked witch, mumbling zombie, package, old man, liar, snitch, ungrateful, hooligans, confident-for-no-reason bearded ogre, red haired butt-faced piece of dog puke, Muppet, Lucifer, Mr. Loon E. Toons, GI Jack [anatomical term deleted], Grandpa Thermos), exclamations (shut-up, shut it, smell my feet, wow, ooh, ew, hoo-aah), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God , Oh God, My God, God, I Swear To God, God Rest His Soul, God-Awful). | profanity glossary |


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Hubie Halloween SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man uses an inhaler and snorts out mist, as if he is smoking. A woman mentions Chardonnay twice, a man in a studio mentions Chardonnay (none is seen), a man says he doesn’t drink beer, a woman sits in a dark room with a bottle of wine on a side table beside a glass of the wine, and a teen boy pours two small bottles of bourbon into punch (we don’t see anyone drink). A man takes a lighted vape E-cigarette away from a teen boy before the boy can smoke it, and a man calls out “Smoke ’em if you got ’em” but no one smokes.


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Hubie Halloween DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Bullying, grace under maltreatment, kindness, helping others, selflessness, foster care, relationships, love, conflict, reconciliation, monster legends, Salem history.

Hubie Halloween MESSAGE

 – It is better to be kind than to be cool.

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