Hancock

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Columbia Pictures Released 2008

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Director:
Peter Berg
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

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?

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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
        Tippi-Toes
        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
        Colors
        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.
        Two
        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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