I just saw Jurassic Park for the second or third time last night and this time in 3D at the theater. WOW! Great in the theater, and, unlike some movies that just say they're in 3D to attract people but the 3D is actually terrible, the 3D was AMAZING! The T. Rex flipping the car, the velociraptor, the surround sound dino footsteps... ok, I'll review the movie now.
It is definitely scary for young children, with the T Rex and the velociraptors and whatnot. The special effects are amazing for 1993 and have been enhanced for the 3D showing, making it very realistic and frightening. However, my 7-year-old sister saw it too, and she was not bothered by it much.
About the positive role models, the kids are brave and the paleontologists are too. However, the professor John Hammond appears to be a smidgen "over the hedge," I guess you could say.
The movie is jam-packed with violence, in two parts men are eaten alive, though no gore is shown, and at one frightening point a severed arm is shown ending in a bloody stump. Another time, the big-shot jock-y Australian velociraptor expert is being hunted by velociraptors, and you don't see him again.
There is one s-bomb and one son of a b**** in all, I think, but there are certainly frequent d-words and W-T-Hs.
The last thing is that Samuel Jackson offers the only drug use in the movie, always seen with a cigarette in his mouth.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking