Parents' Guide to

Jumper

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Action-heavy sci-fi tale has uninspiring hero.

Movie PG-13 2008 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

This movie is for older teens...

VIOLENCE/HORROR: This movie is filled with intense violence such as: stabbing, fighting/punching, and sci-fi terror. SEX/NUDITY: In one brief scene, a woman seductively winks and giggles at a man, to which they later have sex together. In the scene, they take each other’s shirts off revealing her bra and his chest. Then it shows them intensely kissing on bed then rolling off of it, and cuts the scene before it gets more mature. They are later seen in the movie holding hands and flirting/kissing. LANGUAGE/PROFANITY: At least 2 uses of “f—k”, and a couple of uses of “s—t”, “d—k”, “hell” and “damn”. DRINKING/DRUGS: There is mild references to wine and shows of some characters smoking. MESSAGE/EDUCATION: This movie slightly represents team work and great attitude of defeating enemy’s.
age 13+

Too much violence and swearing!

I think parents who are considering this movie need to know that there is a scene where a jumper is stabbed violently by the Paladin who has caught him. Not great! :( Also, there is a lot of swearing peppered throughout the movie. Definitely for kids 13 years plus.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Though it's based on a science-fiction novel by Steven Gould, Doug Liman's movie feels very comic-booky. It's punctuated by action scenes, a car chase, explosions, and shoot-outs -- none of which are very original or visually compelling, despite the seemingly singular notion of "jumping." It doesn't help that Christensen makes a vague protagonist, with his motivations for stealing money from banks or beating up bullies remarkably banal (essentially, he does it because he can). Though he gets nervous when Roland shows up with a big electric stick that's part cattle prod and part taser, he's blown off the screen (metaphorically) when another jumper, Griffin (Jamie Bell), shows up.

Witty, wise, and charismatic, Griffin is a more exciting potential hero than David, but he's mostly used as a source of information: He has actually looked into what it means to be a jumper and has learned history, considered moral responsibilities, and even figured out a strategy for resisting the Paladins. David is less able to consider nuances, but that's what makes him a "hero" -- at least in his own mind. As he says, "I used to be normal, a chump like you." Now, he's considerably less interesting, even if he doesn't know it.

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