George of the Jungle

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Live-action take on popular tale is family fun.
  • PG
  • 1997
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The good and bad guys are clearly marked. Lyle treats the natives in a terribly condescending manner, but the "primitives" are actually more advanced and intelligent than the ignorant white "civilized" men. Max and Thor travel to the jungle to exploit the people and animals; however, the film clearly marks George, Ursula, the natives, and the animals as kinder, more open-minded, and more advanced.

Positive Role Models & Representations

George, Ursula, the natives, and the animals are  kind,open-minded, and more advanced.

Violence & Scariness

Slapstick violence (falling, running into trees, racking one's self on a tree branch), professional wrestling-style fight with a lion, threat of a lion attack. The film jokingly states that no one dies in this film; they just get really big boo boos. Poaching of a friendly ape.

Sexy Stuff

George only wears a loincloth. Romantic relationship between George and Ursula. Humorous scene that explains the behaviors of monkey mating. Funny reference to Coffee, Tea, and Me. Implied nudity.


Nike is shown onscreen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character drinks coffee and experiences a major caffeine high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes a very tame relationship between George and Ursula. There's also some sexual innuendo (Coffee, Tea, or Me, mating rituals of apes, female excitement over George's physique, etc.). The film also includes poop jokes, flatulence, wedgies, and similar potty humor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDCW42 March 14, 2021

Silly fun for kids and adults

A little hinting about George's sexiness but all really cartoony fun for kids and parents.
Adult Written bybillygates August 17, 2020

great movie

all 14 of my kids loved it and it had my 3 wives and I laughing so hard we were in stitches.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMichMellow July 2, 2020

Meh at best

Humour was mainly focused for children, but there are some questionable bits, including a part where George is checking out Ursula while she was unconscious, an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byleopluscalypso March 29, 2019


If you ask me, I don't think it really matters if a younger kid watches something a little violent. This movie is really great, and it has a great message.... Continue reading

What's the story?

The live-action GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE has George (Brendan Fraser) being whisked from the jungle to San Francisco. Abandoned as a baby in the wilds of the jungle, George, with the help of his talking ape mentor (John Cleese), grows to up swinging on (or into) trees, cavorting with monkeys, and remains ignorant of the existence of other humans, especially girls. A chance meeting with Ursula (Leslie Mann) leads to a series of misadventures -- the arrest of Ursula's nasty fiancé (Thomas Hayden Church), a trip for George to the urban jungle of San Francisco, and the capture of the talking ape. Can George capture Ursula's heart? Will the ape become a Vegas sideshow? Can George save the day?

Is it any good?

This is a charming and entertaining film. With a buff Frasier, a gaggle of frolicking and high-fiving monkeys, nasty society folks, and various silly/charming jungle animals, the film provides good, clean silliness. Lovers of the cartoon may not find their sensibilities offended, either, as the film stays relatively true to its feel.

The movie includes charming performances by Mann (Big Daddy), Church (Wings, Sideways), Holland Taylor (It's a Living, The L-Word) as Ursula's nasty mother, and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) as the jungle guide.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about respect for other cultures and feelings of pride. Why are Ursula's parents hesitant about letting George into San Francisco high society?

  • How is the ape's treatment similar to the ways in which George is treated?

  • Why does Ursula accept George?

  • Why does Lyle reject him?

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