George of the Jungle

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byDamourfamily September 22, 2019

Cracked up

Kids loved it. Couldn’t stop laughing.
Adult Written byVohaul August 13, 2019


This is a hysterical movie! However, there are a few jokes that are more aimed at adults, so I recommend waiting until your kids are teens before showing it to... 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
Kid, 11 years old April 29, 2018

OK at best

I used to love this movie, but as I got older, I found it a bit boring. it is a really fun movie, there is barely any violence, most of the movie is just poop j... 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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