Theatrical Release: July 1, 2008


There are heroes… there are superheroes… and then there’s Hancock (Will Smith). With great power comes great responsibility – everyone knows that – everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough – as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think – until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock’s greatest challenge yet – and a task that may prove impossible as Ray’s wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), insists that he’s a lost cause.

Dove Review

“Hancock” offers fine performances from the three leads, namely Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman. In fact, Bateman’s comic timing as he plays a character named Ray is very good. When Hancock saves his life after he is stuck in his car on train tracks with an oncoming locomotive, Ray wants to make it up to him. He comes up with a public relations campaign for Hancock, who is not known for his courteous manners.

However, being a superhero as Hancock is, is not easy and especially when he learns a secret which connects him to a past tie with Ray’s wife, Mary.

This film certainly has its comic moments, but it also relies on a running joke which uses bad language, and the strong language prevents us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A character attempts to kiss a married woman who stops it; kissing between husband and wife.
Language: Chr*st-1; A-26; S-8; F-1 (plus a word on screen which looks almost like this word); B-3; D-4; P-1; H-7; Pr**k-1
Violence: Several scenes of violence and some blood; buildings exploding, car crashes, fights; in one scene Hancock literally forces a man's head into another man's behind which is not graphic but you do see the image; knife cuts; man's hands cut off.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking.
Nudity: Partial male rear nudity which is not suggestive; shirtless men; cleavage.
Other: A belief in immortals from the olden days of Egypt.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan
Director: Peter Berg
Producer: Akiva Goldsman
Genre: Action
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter