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George of the Jungle

Live-action take on popular tale is family fun.
Parents recommend
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable

Nike is shown onscreen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A character drinks coffee and experiences a major caffeine high.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 18, 1997
DVD/Streaming release date:December 2, 1997
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church
Director:Sam Weisman
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Wild animals
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:crude humor and mild violence, language and sensuality

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Adult Written byrachel817 October 13, 2011

Very Fun!

I think this is a great movie! When my sister was a toddler she loved this movie. She called her diaper a "butt flap" and would yell "George!", then run into the wall and say "Treeeeeeee!". It was pretty awesome! On a negative note, my little brother did quote the one bad word in the movie to my grandmother...
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl October 4, 2012

HORRIBLE - It's just lame!

NOT WORTH IT. This movie can be mildly humorous for little kids, but don't settle for "mildly", people! This movie is crude, has horrible acting, lame plot, has too much sexual innuendo for it's intended audience - which is 5 year olds- and it just is a waste of 2 hours. You love life? Then don't waste your time with this crap since time is what life is made of.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byMammarino June 10, 2010

Very funny and cute, but a few swear words

I loved this movie, but disagree with CSM's saying that language is "not an issue" with this movie. One character calls another "a pain in the a**" and God's name is taken in vain 2-3 times.
What other families should know
Too much swearing