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Hancock (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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 the 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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Bad Behaviour. Bad Attitude. Real Hero. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Fantasy

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

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2 July 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,589,095 (UK) (4 July 2008)

Gross:

$227,946,274 (USA) (5 September 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script was first written by Vincent Ngo in 1996, and it languished for close to ten years. Later, the script was picked up and re-written by Vince Gilligan, to be directed by Jonathan Mostow, for a 2007 release. Gilligan wrote the second draft when Sony picked up the script in early 2005. See more »

Goofs

Hancock talks to Mary while eating a banana, which changes from eaten to uneaten, and back again. See more »

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[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 #7.72 (2009) See more »

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Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
Written by Huey P. Meaux, Freddy Fender, and Wayne Duncan
Performed by Freddy Fender
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I guess some people just can't take a switch in tone.
5 July 2008 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of the reviews here complaining about the film flagging in its final act. I respectfully disagree.

Hancock is most definitely DIFFERENT in it's last half - it drops off the comedy significantly and introduces some fascinating superhero mythology that is almost like an ancient Greek myth in its context. It also introduces some pretty tense and violent moments that really made me wonder if they should be marketing it as the kid-friendly summer blockbuster that they are. However, both halves have their own merits - the first being the humour, and the second being the (almost tragic) origin mythos. I suspect if you are prepared for the switch in tone, rather than shocked when it arrives, you might enjoy Hancock as much as I did.


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