Jurassic Park is a family movie, it really is! Having read Michael Crichton's original Jurassic Park books, seen all the movies countless times and played most of the games, I consider myself a sort of expert on this, so I'll do a quick review ( be sure to spot my other reviews for The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World).
John Hammond, a man in his mid seventies, has discovered the biggest scientific breakthrough ever, and has used it to create a theme park full of living dinosaurs on an island off the coast of Costa Rica called Isla Nublar. The film is set a year before the park is set to be opened to the public, and Hammond has summoned a group of experts to survey the park. You've got Alan Grant, a middle aged paleontologist and Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist in her mid twenties currently working as Alan's student. Tagging along is Donald Gennaro, a lawyer coming to inspect the park, and Ian Malcom, a young chaotician with " a deplorable excess of personality". Also joining the crew as they arrive are Lex and Tim Murphy, Hammond's grandchildren. Together, they enter Jurassic Park...
FAMILY-FRIENDLY?: PRETTY MUCH
The movie should be OK for kids, but there are a few moments there for adults mainly including Ian dropping a "b***h" during a scene. Other than that, the kids are pretty much in no danger of scarring. There are some moments where dinosaurs eat people, but it's built up to enough that children know when its coming, and have time to cover their eyes. Even if they watch on, most dinosaur attacks are not shown on screen, but there is a severed hand shown as a jumpscare. Plenty of role models are shown, the best being Alan, who risks his life to save the children and protects them as the trio journey across the park towards the Visitor's Center.
A family movie that has a much lighter tone than the book ( a good read for teens who enjoy the films, by the way.) If you want to watch the other 3, I'm working on some reviews for them on here so stay tuned!