Columbia Pictures Released 2008




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Peter Berg

Hancock centers on the disgruntled John Hancock, a surly drunken slob of a man whose often acts of supposed heroism ends up doing the city of Los Angeles more harm than good, especially when his temper gets in the way. Usually a drinking problem and a bad attitude would not be much of an issue, but for Hancock, who can fly faster than a speeding bullet and can lift up SUVs with ease, a sneeze could become deadly. When he saves a public relations consultant from meeting a rather gruesome end by an oncoming train, Hancock finds himself the new PR pet of Ray Embrey, an idealistic optimist who hopes to turn the super powered most-hated man in LA into the next superhero extraordinaire. As Ray works hard to promote Hancock's new image and his own charitable cause, Hancock, whose past is only remembered by a ticket stub, begins to learn that something is not quite as it seems with Ray's apprehensive wife Mary. Can Hancock figure out the truth behind his past before one of his many extremely angered enemies comes back for revenge?


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Hancock makes for one unexpectedly satisfying and kinky addition to Hollywood's superhero chronicles. Touching and odd, laden with genuine twists and grounded by three appealing le...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's a strange feeling to see the summer's most promising premise self-destruct into something bizarre and unsatisfying, but that is the Hancock experience.

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The effects are snazzy, even if they pass by quite quickly, and there's enough going on to keep audiences watching, if not entirely happy. Smith, Theron and Bateman capably handle ...

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    • Production budget -  $150,000,000
      Domestic gross - $227,946,274 (4th)
      Worldwide gross - $624,386,746 (4th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $259,058,718
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $709,609,449

    • Other production companies:
      Relativity Media
      Blue Light
      Weed Road Pictures
      Overbrook Entertainment
      Forward Pass
      GH Three

    • Filming locations:
      AON Center Parking Structure, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Caltrans District 7 HQ Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility, Whittier, California
      Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Mira Loma Detention Center, Lancaster, California
      Primetime Pub, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
      San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
      Santa Monica Promenade, Santa Monica, California
      Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
      Sycamore Cove Beach, Malibu, California
      The Paley Center For Media, Beverly Hills, California
      Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York

    • Taglines:
      1. Bad Behaviour. Bad Attitude. Real Hero.
      2. Meet the superhero everybody loves to hate.
      3. He is saving the world whether we like it or not.
      4. There are heroes. There are superheroes. And then there's...

    • Music:
      Whammer Jammer
      Written by Stephen Bladd, John Geils Jr., Seth Justman, Daniel Klein, Richard Salwitz,
      and Peter Wolf
      Performed by J. Geils Band
      The 900 #
      Written by The 45 King
      Remixed by T-Ray
      Performed by The 45 King
      Sanford and Son Theme
      Written and Performed by Quincy Jones
      Move Bitch
      Written by Jonathan Smith, Craig Lawson, Bobby Sandimanie, and Michael Tyler
      Performed by Ludacris featuring Mystikal and I-20
      Written by Arthur Neville, George Porter Jr., Joseph Modeliste, and Leo Nocentelli
      Performed by The Meters
      Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
      Written by Huey P. Meaux
      Performed by Freddy Fender
      Water From the Same Source
      Written by Christian Frederickson, Rachel Grimes, and Jason Noble
      Performed by Rachel's
      Highway 13
      Written and Performed by John Lee Hooker
      I'm In The Mood
      Written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker
      Performed by John Lee Hooker
      Serves You Right To Suffer
      Written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker
      Performed by John Lee Hooker
      Move Bitch
      Written by Jonathan Smith, Craig Lawson, Bobby Sandimanie, and Michael Tyler
      Performed by Ludacris featuring Mystikal and I-20
      Best Dressed Chicken In Town
      Written by James Winston Thompson
      Performed by Doctor Alimantado
      Written by Ice-T and Afrika Islam
      Performed by Ice-T
      Paper Planes
      Written by Mathangi Arulpragasm, Wesley Pentz, Topper Headon, Mick Jones,
      Paul Simonon, and Joe Strummer
      Performed by M.I.A.
      Written by Ryan Adams and Brad Pemberton
      Performed by Ryan Adams
      Llego Cachaito
      Written by Roberto Fonseca and Orlando Cachaito Lopez
      Performed by Roberto Fonseca
      Feelin' You
      Written by Devin Edwards and Todd Ray
      Performed by Devin Edwards
      Tippi Toes
      Written by Joseph Modeliste, George Porter, Art Neville and Leo Nocentelli
      Performed by The Meters


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