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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Joey delivers strong pro-animal rights and animal conservation messages, as well as messages about doing the right thing, and how passion is what makes the person.
Positive Role Models
There's a mix of good guys and bad guys here, with some simply drawn bumbling cops and cartoonish villains. But in between are many caring and present adults who are not perfect, but who aim to be forces of good for their children and communities.
Violence & Scariness
The movie has some sustained peril and menace throughout. In an opening scene, armed men in a truck attempt to shoot a family of kangaroos, and then pursue a teenage boy on a wild chase. Men are thrown from a truck into a pond. Two boys wrestle and fight in another scene. A fairly frightening-looking masked man wearing studded leather boxing gloves chases and intimidates a boy. Elsewhere, there's a grab bag of casual and slapstick violence, from toes being stomped on, to near car crashes, to a man and kangaroo boxing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some very brief implied innuendo when a teen girl models a red dress while faux-campy sexy music plays in the background, and a woman asks a teen boy what he thinks of the girl's dress.
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In one brief early scene, "goddamn" is muttered during a fight between two teen boys. Elsewhere, there are run-of-the-mill non-profane insults, such as calling a kangaroo a "mongrel."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man holds a glass of wine in one brief scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joey's premise involves a teen boy whose father is absent and presumed dead, and later, a teen girl whose mother has died recently. The majority of the film involves a teen boy who has run away. Additionally, in a few key scenes, the teen boy drives a vehicle without a license and without consequence. He also steals money to further a positive goal, though in the end he pays the money back. There's mild profanity ("goddamn") and sustained peril, and some potentially frightening or confusing inclusions for younger kids -- such as a scary character with studded leather gloves and a face mask, and a plot that involves an underground animal-against-man fighting ring. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JOEY offers a passionate teen boy who really cares about animal conservation and a mother who supports her son's calling and encourages it, even in the face of taunts of his "weirdness." Parents will appreciate the positive messages and wacky heroics of the two kids who are trying to do right by the animal in their charge.
But there's also some not-so-great stuff, like sustained peril and the appearance of an extra-scary henchman who could almost be straight out of a Texas Chainsaw movie, not to mention the underground fighting ring that may need some explaining. Still, older kids will enjoy the suspense, the Outback setting, and the abundant silliness and slapstick humor.
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