The full name of Will Smith’s character, incidentally, is John Hancock—directly inspired by the prominent signature on our Declaration of Independence.  So given that this debacle is released on the weekend we celebrate that signing, it’s a sad irony indeed.  Granted, this scathing review and countless others won’t keep Hancock from opening huge over the Fourth of July weekend, but count me surprised if this movie lives on once its true identity is finally exposed.


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Drinking, mostly by the troubled hero Hancock.
  • Language/Profanity:  PG-13 levels of profanity throughout (twice by children), much of it delivered cavalierly by Hancock, including one “F” word (which is becoming common in PG-13 fare).  Some dialogue is sexually coarse.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Very little.  At one point, Hancock’s pants are burned and tattered and part of his bottom can be seen.
  • Violence/Other:  A lot of action-violence and destruction (shootings, car wrecks, buildings damaged, etc.).  A hand is severed off and carried around.  A scene of multiple point-blank range shootings.  Hancock literally shoves one prisoner’s head up another’s rear end.

Jeffrey Huston is a film director, writer and producer at Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa, Okla.  He is also cohost of the "Steelehouse Podcast,” along with Steelehouse Executive Creative Mark Steele, where each week they discuss God in pop culture. 

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