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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It shouldn't be surprising that curiosity is a major theme. Rambunctious monkey and lonely man learn to appreciate one another's inclination for adventure.
Positive Role Models
The Man in the Yellow Hat sends George away but ultimately is a loyal friend and caregiver.
Violence & Scariness
Slapsticky falls and jumps; monkey antics include painting on apartment walls, stealing and flying away on balloons, projecting himself to look large like King Kong (this leads to chaos in the streets).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting between Ted and Maggie, a kiss at the end.
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Products & Purchases
Obvious Dole plug (crates of fruit marked clearly); Volkswagen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Curious George is a preschooler-friendly movie based on the popular book series. There are some product placements, some flirting, moral ambiguity, and an emotionally-intense scene in which George is removed -- at the Man in the Yellow Hat's request -- by animal control. One man schemes to replace a museum with a profitable parking lot. Ted himself tries to fool the museum patrons with a fraud, something he is not punished for. An apartment building manager roughly chases the monkey from room to room, then evicts Ted, who has to sleep on a park bench that night. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Congenial and colorful, this movie takes its cues from children's animated TV, delivering simple concepts, bright reds and yellows, and a cute-as-can-be monkey. Younger kids will like George, and may recognize the plots of several of the classic books woven into the story.
Adults will probably find Curious George slow going, and kids used to action-packed movies may also get bored. The bottom line: Great monkey -- and some silly monkey business -- but pretty short on plot, and what's there is predictable.
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