Curious George (2006)

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.
  • G
  • 2006
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 74 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 37 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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).

Sexy Stuff

Some flirting between Ted and Maggie, a kiss at the end.


Obvious Dole plug (crates of fruit marked clearly); Volkswagen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymama.debby1973 July 18, 2020

Mixed emotions!!

This movie had potential, I enjoyed the plot, and thought it was a great movie to watch with my kids. I can’t support this movie however, because it promotes fu... Continue reading
Adult Written byEmilyB0521 May 17, 2020

Disappointing, at best

Without any real examination the movie is “fine.” But for parents concerned about the messaging in kids movies, this one has problems.
The reason the Man in th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byhyli-improbable August 3, 2014

The nostalgia may be a factor,

but it inspired many of my interests, and made me look forward to the cartoon series (which is still going).
Kid, 5 years old January 6, 2021

Fun Movie for young kids

I am 5 years old and I love this movie and think this would be ok for 2 year olds and up.

What's the story?

In CURIOUS GEORGE, The Man in the Yellow Hat (named Ted and voiced by Will Ferrell) is in Africa searching for a legendary shrine. If he can bring it back to his American city, his employer Mr. Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke) won't have to close his cash-strapped museum. In the jungle, Ted befriends mischievous monkey George but only finds a small idol and returns to America by ship, unaware that George has stowed away on the vessel. Back in America, Ted tries to hide the truth from Bloomsberry. Though he's briefly distracted by adorable schoolteacher Maggie (Drew Barrymore), Ted spends most of his time chasing after George, who gets into all kinds of trouble by splattering paint throughout Miss Plushbottom's (Joan Plowright) apartment, floating away on zoo balloons, and more. Meanwhile, Junior Bloomsberry (David Cross) plots to tear down the museum and put up a parking lot.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they liked about Curious George and if anything scared them. How is this movie similar to and different from the Curious George books or TV show?

  • If you've read the books or seen the TV show, which version do you like best? Why?

  • What makes George so curious? Is he a troublemaker or does he just act like a kid? In what ways is curiosity a character strength?

  • Older kids can talk about how Ted's relationship with George changes -- what does Ted realize George brings to his life? 

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