Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Action-heavy sci-fi tale has uninspiring hero.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 37 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Hero with "jumper" superpowers uses them to steal money from banks (leaving IOUs), as well as travel the globe. Villains are determined to kill all jumpers. Girl needs saving.


Lots of cartoonish violence that leaves characters with bloody lips or bedraggled hairstyles. The jumpers' teleporting typically involves whooshing wind, slamming into floors, and sometimes thunder and dark clouds. Fights feature slamming bodies against and through walls, punching, leaping, and falling. Some shooting and exploding (in one instance a building is ripped apart). An early scene shows a boy nearly drowning (spooky underwater shots) and then, at home, fearing his angry father. Electric voltage is used against jumpers, leaving them looking stressed and pained. Jumper-car chase shows car slamming into then driving through traffic. A jump into a war zone shows soldiers shooting, fires, and explosions.


Post-sex shot shows a woman in bed, her bottom covered but her back naked. A couple kisses passionately and pulls off their tops (her bra remains on), as they fall from bed to floor laughing.


Language includes "s--t" (one with "bull") and "f--k" (infrequent), several uses of "hell," and one character repeatedly says "holy crap."


Bedroom posters feature Metallica, Mark Twain, Kurt Cobain. Sony electronics, mention of Oprah.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several scenes set in bars, with background drinking (beer and liquor). David drinks beers in a bar; his father drinks beers repeatedly.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi action adventure with Star Wars' Hayden Christensen features lots of violence that appears to have little effect on victims. The teleportation process causes abrupt ruptures in space and time and sometimes rams jumpers into walls or the ground. Fights show bodies slamming, falling, and crashing through walls, as well as gunfire and electric zapping. There are also explosions, a car chase, and a combat zone in the background. One scene suggests that sex has taken place (a woman's naked back is visible in bed); another shows a couple taking off their shirts (her bra stays on) and kissing. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "hell."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by4Spice July 28, 2010

very good

watch this movie lots of action 12 and over for sex
Parent of a 7, 13, and 16-year-old Written bybethany.y July 20, 2019

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 s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMacMando777 November 18, 2021

Should Have Had A Second

Jumper is a great movie! I am really surprised with this review. While there are elements that are inappropriate for children, it is a great story! The special... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 27, 2020

Good movie.

Jumper is a good movie with lots of violence and some language.

What's the story?

David (Hayden Christensen) is a jumper. At the outset of the film, it's unclear exactly how that happened, but what it means in practice is that he can teleport from place to place all over the globe, from the Sphinx to the Empire State Building. He eventually learns that he's not the only one; his is a genetically determined superpower that has been granted over centuries -- and has ignited a longstanding hatred by an organization of bullies known as the Paladins, who resent and fear the jumpers' abilities. Chief among these is Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), who is fiercely hunting David, determined to kill him and all of his friends and family -- including childhood crush Millie (first played by AnnaSophia Robb, then by Rachel Bilson), abusive father William (Michael Rooker), and absent mother Mary (Diane Lane). It's up to David to save Millie, find his mom, and figure out his place in the world.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this movie can be considered a "superhero" story. What makes a character a superhero? What do most movies about superheroes have in common? Does this film follow that trend? Do you think of it more as an action movie or a sci-fi movie? Why?

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