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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Professor Oliver has no respect for women and verbalizes his opinions of the lesser sex. Of course, the women always end up right and the Professor mistaken.
Violence & Scariness
The killing of prehistoric beasts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adaptation of Jules Verne's book is mostly clean fun, but the crew does face what appears to be certain death. The killing of some prehistoric animals may frighten young children. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A bit hokey to be sure, but this action/adventure movie has a rip-roaring premise taken from the classic novel by Jules Verne. It has charming characters, especially the overbearing professor who is proven wrong on a regular basis. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH also boasts diverting action sequences, and a grand, old-fashioned score.
One 13-year-old girl enjoyed the movie, with caveats. She enjoyed the imaginative story, especially the delightful surprises that Jules Verne throws the viewer's way. She also liked the scenery inside the volcano, which was shot on location at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The sometimes-clunky special effects and Pat Boone's smarmy singing impressed her less. The world of late 19th-century Scotland is gloriously realized but the movie's depiction of Iceland -- obviously not shot on location -- is more dubiously represented and a great deal stranger (check out the hats!).
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