George of the Jungle 2

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Heavy-handed sequel big on slapstick, poop jokes.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
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Kids say

age 18+
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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

George of the Jungle 2 offers positive messages about loyalty to family and friends, the importance of integrity and honesty, and nature versus civilization.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adult characters are simplistically good or bad with little depth.

Violence & Scariness

The film has a pervasive, slapstick violence that is cartoonish and without injury (cartoon stars literally appear often after each incident) and a few instances of crude humor mixed in with violence. A recurring gag includes George's head getting hit by coconuts or slammed into trees, but there is never so much as a bump or bruise shown. Guns appear in several scenes and are pulled on people but never shot. An animated kangaroo hops on two women's heads until they are both buried waist-deep in the ground. In a final scene, animal dung and/or flatulence is used frequently as a weapon -- thrown, lit on fire, catapulted, and shown coated on faces.

 

Sexy Stuff

The film contains some innuendo and kissing, largely comedic. George appears for most of the film in only a loin cloth; Ursula is in a midriff-baring dress. In one scene, there is the suggestion of sex having happened the night before, with a shot of a couple waking up, embracing, as if from a night of passion. There's a brief scene with a handful of women lounging by a pool in bathing suits, but it is not suggestive. A scene includes a reference to Play Ape Magazine, a joke referencing Playboy that may be lost on most kids. In a handful of scenes a man and woman kiss on the mouth briefly, then more passionately. A man takes turn kissing a handful of women, and a woman goes off with an ape with romantic implications. An ape kisses a woman, which grosses her out.

 

Language

Minor insults, such as "idiot," are used throughout, but no profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol appears but is never shown being consumed. At a poker game, a group of men are seated with what appears to be a mixed drink at each man's side. In another scene, adults are served champagne at a magic show.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that George of the Jungle 2 does not have Brendan Fraser in it, as the original did. It relies heavily on cartoonish, slapstick violence, poop and flatulence jokes, and innuendo, with action that largely takes place in Las Vegas around gambling. Some of the rude behavior makes this film more appropriate for older kids.

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What's the story?

George (Christopher Showerman), Ursula (Julie Benz), and their son (Angus T. Jones) are a happy family living in the jungle in this Brendan Fraser-less sequel to George of the Jungle. But Ursula's mother Beatrice (Christina Pickles,) with the help of Ursula's evil ex, Lyle (the always terrific Thomas Haden Church), wants her daughter and grandson back in the city, so she schemes to lure them with the luxuries of civilization and conspires to have the jungle plowed over for redevelopment, and it seems to be working. Now it's up to George to mobilize the troops, win her back, and save the day.

Is it any good?

Nothing can save the fact that this movie's full of groan-worthy lines, bad acting, and absurd jokes, and the occasional badly animated parrot, elephant, or kangaroo. There's almost nothing to recommend here in terms of behavior you'd want emulated, and what is good about it ("real love matters") is almost entirely suffocated by the stench of bad gas. That said, for kids of a certain age, it's likely to be riotously silly good fun, or at least enough talking animals and explosive fart jokes to keep them amused for most of the 87 minutes. 

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE 2 picks up where George of the Jungle left off, only without the main actor who lifted the movie high on Naked Gun antics into acceptable society. So what's left is all of the poop jokes with a quarter of the charm. The film does its best to carry the torch without Fraser, and employs plenty of distractions to that effect: It's got apes, the jungle, Vegas, poker games, a magic show, and a whole lot of winking innuendo and messages about shallowness versus "real love."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about balancing new friends and old friends. Have you ever made a new friend that your other friends didn't like? How did you deal with it? What happened?

  • The movie shows the city as better than the simple life in the jungle. What are the advantages of each? Why might someone prefer to live away from the city?

  • What are some of the things we can do to help preserve the jungle?

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