Theatrical Release: October 9, 2015
DVD Release: December 22, 2015


Twelve-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Dove Review

“Pan” is a special-effects extravaganza, a rollicking ride into Neverland! “This isn’t the story you’ve heard before,” the narrator states in a voiceover at the beginning of this prequel, of sorts, to the legendary story of Peter Pan. Indeed. Blackbeard has been added to this story, and we learn that Peter Pan and Hook, who would be “Captain Hook” before the hook, were actually friends in the beginning.

Young Levi Miller shows great promise and talent as Peter Pan. He displays a range of emotions from anger toward the hoarding lead nun at the orphanage, to raw sadness and tears when he, sort of, sees his mother for the first time near the conclusion of the film. This story, about a boy who must “believe” in order to learn how to fly, is jam-packed with action and challenges at every turn for young Peter and his cohorts, after they are whisked away from the orphanage into Neverland.

The movie contains a bit of harsh language and fantasy-violence as well. It features themes of loyalty and belief that the impossible can become possible. We are delighted to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. So get on board the Jolly Roger! Fun and danger await Peter Pan in Neverland, but just the “fun” awaits those who see this movie!

Content Description

Sex: A mild innuendo.
Language: Holy Pootey-1; Damnation-1; Bloody H-1; H-1; "Your ugly face"-1
Violence: A boy breaks glass to get into a rations-hoarding nun's room; an arrangement for pirates to kidnap the boys in the night, and they do so, pulling them upward to the roof with ropes; a nun kicks a young boy; guns held on characters and the shooting of guns; boys on plank of ship, and a few are forced off, though nothing graphic is visible; a kid is belted in the stomach; a couple of kids have bandages on bloody hands, apparently hands that were beaten for disobedience; fights include punching; a woman punches a man; a man is hung upside down by his feet but escapes; several sword fights; a man is hit with some kind of boomerang; huge birds chase characters and pick a few of them up; a couple of characters have a little blood on them; a few explosions, and a creature disappears in smoke; a ship plunges downward into an abyss.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Scenes of shirtless men; woman's bare midriff is visible.
Other: Boys joke about a nun's big "buns" in a scene; a mean-spirited nun hoards rations; nun tears up letter from Peter's mother in front of him; boys are forced to work in mines; a few characters admit to lying; a few scary-looking creatures and images, including huge crocodiles; tension.


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: Joe Wright
Producer: Greg Berlanti
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 111 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter