Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Martin Scorsese


Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret; Ben Kingsley as Papa Georges Méliès; Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle; Jude Law as Hugo's Father; Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne; Sacha Baron Cohen as Station Inspector Gustav; Ray Winstone as Uncle Claude; Emily Mortimer as Lisette

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online


Hugo Cabret lives in a secret world. A world of gears and steam and shadowy passageways few know exist. This young orphan's home is deep in the heart of Paris' bustling train station in the 1930s. It wasn't always that way, of course. Once upon a time, Hugo enjoyed the loving care of his father, a clockmaker and museum curator. But when his dad is killed in an explosion, all the love and security the boy has ever known goes up in flames.

Hugo now tends to winding the station's clocks. Alone. It would be a hopeless existence but for one important legacy his father left behind—an intricate, robot-like automaton. Hugo's convinced the automaton might give him a message from his father that would help him make sense of his life. Except that the automaton is broken. So Hugo steals toys from a shop in the train station and uses their gears to try to restore the automaton to "life." Hugo befriends Isabelle, a wide-eyed, wonder-filled girl longing for an adventure. As Hugo and Isabelle piece together the mystery of the broken automaton, they stumble into an adventure that will unlock a secret.

The film revolves around the importance of friendship and family, purpose and imagination. Hugo wonders about his larger place in the world. He reasons that machines never have extra parts, that every part is necessary and purposeful, so he says, "I couldn't be an extra part. I have to be here for some reason."

Hugo contains some violent scenes, including a fiery explosion and being chased by runaway trains. Hugo repeatedly steals and is seen sneaking into a movie theater.

Based on a popular children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo is nothing short of mesmerizing. Visually, the film is a masterpiece and gives the audience a beautiful glimpse of Paris in the 1930s. Friendship and family, perseverance and hope all take center stage in this touching tale. Movies like this show that there are filmmakers in Hollywood who have the capacity to tell a spellbinding story without going to a PG-13 or R rating. They just have to choose to do so.

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