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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some characters are played as parodies of ethnic stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Mainly slapstick and broadly comedic fighting; a cat is knocked unconscious. Russian Mafia thugs wave guns and knives, threatening the main characters, but scenes involving bad guys are cartoonish and played for humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will see some ethnic stereotypes and violence, mainly slapstick and broadly comedic fighting. A cat is knocked unconscious. Russian Mafia thugs wave guns and knives, threatening the main characters, but scenes involving bad guys are cartoonish and played for humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE, a sometimes ponderous comedy, may have been a delightful soufflé in the original French version, but it falls flat as a pancake in the American translation. The often leaden humor may not bother kids, but parents may groan at some of the film's depictions of ethnic stereotypes. Tim Allen, playing an unrepentant man-child, and rubber-faced Martin Short go a long way toward making this contrived story bearable. Neither has enough to do, but both provide distraction from a silly plot and some heavy-handed farce. Unfortunately, though the performers exert a lot of energy, the story gathers no real momentum.
Pre-adolescent humor abounds, with fart jokes and over-the-top performances the order of the day. Mimi-Siku's name translates as "Cat piss," and the head of the Russian mob is a compendium of Soviet clichés, wrist deep in caviar and black market goods. Lost amid the strained slapstick is a father-son story that could have been both comic and touching, with stronger writing and more inventive direction. That said, kids are unlikely to notice the weak points. Instead, they'll enjoy Mimi-Siku's wanderings in the Big Apple, and the mayhem he leaves in his wake.
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