A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messages about overcoming your "demons" (literally) through teamwork. No matter what you're experiencing, you're not alone: Your people are out there somewhere.
Positive Role Models
Students and leaders of Jujutsu High are brave and powerful, using their curses to try to help others. But one character is planning to annihilate her family, and some others have a murderous past.
Characters are Japanese or ethnically ambiguous. Male and female characters are equally strong. Protagonist Yuta is a sensitive, emotional, caring boy. Maki is a tough, no-nonsense girl who's formidable in battle despite having no supernatural powers.
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Violence & Scariness
Animation includes violent, frightening imagery. A child killed in a car accident turns into a hideous monster. Sword use, including through the eyeballs. Explosions. Monsters emerge out of other creatures. A face is ripped off. Subject matter includes kidnapped children; some are seen with wounds and in peril. Gleeful conversation about intention to murder people. Impaling. References to suicidal ideation and plans. Explosions. Pools of blood from dead bodies. Character punched into a bloody pulp. Bullying. Fantasy action fight sequences. Monster rubs on teen girl; reference to her feeling assaulted. Martial arts combat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Conversation connecting breast size with attractiveness, intended to be humorous. Childhood sweethearts plot shows children falling in love and getting engaged.
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Profanity includes "damn," "goddammit," and "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie is a violent anime horror fantasy prequel to the bestselling manga novel and TV series. Teen characters are afflicted with "Cursed Spirits," scary monsters that kill and maim those in their way. Protagonist Yuta (voiced by Kayleigh McKee in the English dub and Megumi Ogata in the original Japanese) is a sensitive and caring boy who's the catalyst for his Cursed Spirit to murder others. Yuta doesn't want to hurt anyone, and he talks of death by suicide as a solution on more than one occasion. The story is clearly suggesting that we can tame our demons with the help and support of others who know what we're going through. While animated, the violence is intense and gory: Expect swords through eyeballs, monsters emerging from the stomachs of other monsters, and a person's face being pulled apart. A monster rubs up and down on a teen girl in an unwelcome way, and a friendly creature tries to make a romantic connection between two teens by asking the boy what breast size he prefers in front of a girl. Teen characters say "s--t" frequently, and older characters say "goddamn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Movies like this are proof that animation isn't just kid stuff, even when they're about kids. Intended for a teen or young adult audience, this high school story includes terrifying elements, including a protagonist whose adorable childhood sweetheart has become a hideous monster and turns him into a killing machine. The anime format allows for both creativity and creepiness, more than you might see in a live-action high school story. Wounds have eyeballs, there's a talking panda that's never explained, and one kid can only utter words that are the ingredients of rice balls ("kelp," "salmon roe"). But it's all pure fantasy, including the frightening elements, so teens are unlikely to be haunted by the Cursed Spirits after the credits roll.
The movie's mythology is thick, and this prequel is setting up enough lore to last through novels, TV series, and possibly more films. It's a lot of information to take in, but it's easy to get the gist. Despite all the action, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 does lag at times, and your mind might wander. Even then, though, its positive messages can't be missed: This is a story about controlling your demons, literally. It's outright stated that "emotions cause Curses," implying that if we don't properly deal with our feelings, we can create worse problems down the road. Unfortunately, the storytelling lacks impact, and it's unlikely that young viewers will take those messages to heart. But with its youthful animation and storyline, teens may well want to follow the further adventures of the students of Jujutsu High.
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