A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Science and nature can't be controlled, and animals shouldn't be treated as predictable, passive attractions. Teamwork, bravery, determination, and smarts are valued.
Positive Role Models
Owen is protective, wise, and courageous, as is his assistant. Claire initially doesn't seem like she cares about anything besides her job, but she quickly goes into mother-bear mode to rescue her nephews. Zach has to step up and take care of his little brother, Gray. Despite his age, Gray is quick-witted and intelligent and helps the boys get themselves out of dangerous situations. The park owner and other secondary characters all rise to the occasion to save others. On the downside, there aren't many female characters (unless you count the dinosaurs...).
Violence & Scariness
Several scenes of sustained tension, peril, terror, and jump-worthy action when it seems like even kids will be killed. Dozens of people die (including major supporting characters); they're eaten or ripped to shreds (sometimes in graphic ways), trampled, or burned in explosions. Everyone is injured, some severely and others in minor ways. Bloody fights between the dinosaurs, who slash, hunt, and eat one another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of kisses and references to mating, as well as innuendos related to what Owen and Claire could do alone together. Zach stares at and flirts with various teen girls.
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Infrequent use of "s--t," "bulls--t," "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Many real-world products featured in the fictional Jurassic World park: Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Apple (iPhone, MacBooks), Mercedes, Verizon, Jeep, Margaritaville, Beats, Nissan Quest, ViewMaster toy. Also lots of tie-in merchandise available in real life.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cameo of Jimmy Buffett fleeing with a margarita in each hand. An employee makes a joke about a dinosaur that's been sedated being "stoned."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jurassic World is more violent and terrifying than the original Jurassic Park. Since the titular theme park is actually open and filled with visitors, the ensuing body count when the dinos run amok is much higher than in the previous films (including some major supporting characters), and there are many intense scenes of sustained terror, suspense, and peril (including kids in danger). People are eaten, torn to shreds, trampled, and severely injured. Language is infrequent (occasional use of "s--t" and "damn"), and there are a couple of kisses and suggestive remarks. And you can expect a lot of overt product placement -- from Coca-Cola, Apple, and Mercedes to Jeep, Beats, Verizon, and more. Mature tweens and teens who are fans of suspense/action (and still fond of dinosaurs) will be thrilled -- just make sure they can handle the truly jump-worthy scares. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jurassic World may not meet the expectations set by Steven Spielberg's original, but it does surpass the underwhelming sequels. And it has enough visual thrills, humor, and memorable performances to make for a fun (if occasionally terrifying) franchise reboot. Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) smartly doesn't try to mimic Spielberg, but he does stay true to the master's ability to make the movie's moments of suspense even more terrifying than the actual people-eating. Pratt plays Owen like Star Lord mixed with a Navy SEAL -- funny, clever, courageous. His chemistry with Howard's Claire is breezy and full of banter (and not nearly as sexist as some critics were worried about).
This is definitely a big-budget blockbuster: It's loud, thrilling, and full of intense sequences that will make viewers jump -- or possibly cower, depending on their age. Indominus is a mean, scary, killing machine, and the devastation she leaves in her wake makes the original movie's death toll look positively tame by comparison. The boys are both accomplished young actors, and they poignantly and realistically portray kids who are alternately impulsive, courageous, and frightened out of their minds. It's not groundbreaking in the same way Jurassic Park was, but if you're looking for heart-quickening fun, Jurassic World clearly delivers.
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