A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes are in line with the rest of the franchise's: Science and nature can't (and shouldn't) be controlled; wild, large animals shouldn't be treated as weapons to manipulate; people matter more than profits. There's an ethical line between science and cruelty. Teamwork, integrity, and bravery are important when dealing with animals -- and other people. Everyone has a choice to change and make better and more ethical/moral decisions.
Positive Role Models
Owen, Claire, and the three scientists are brave, protective, compassionate. Owen and Claire are more focused on saving their daughter; Dr. Sattler, Dr. Grant, and Dr. Malcolm are interested in saving the world. A couple of conflicted characters grow and change allegiances, but the primary villain remains a stereotypically egomaniacal/quirky tech CEO.
Diversity within supporting cast: a Black pilot presented as queer, a Black scientist, and an Asian American scientist who's had a recurring role in the franchise. More female characters in this installment. The ensemble is multigenerational.
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Violence & Scariness
Several jump-worthy, potentially terrifying scenes of sustained tension and peril. Child in peril on multiple occasions. Dozens of people die, but only a couple of characters with speaking parts perish: They're eaten (whole or in pieces), dismembered, trampled, mutilated. Most characters are injured in some way. Apex predator dinosaurs are especially frightening; other dinosaurs are taught to relentlessly track and kill anyone identified as target. Bloody fights between dinosaurs, which slash, hunt, kill one another. Weapons-based and close-combat violence between humans includes tranquilizer guns, automatic guns, hand-to-hand fighting. Frightening scene of oversized killer locusts that decimate farms and terrorize two children.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting, banter, a few full-body embraces. Two different couples kiss at least once. One character makes a joke about why a man loves his partner: "I get it; I like redheads, too."
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Language includes "a--hole," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "bullsh--t," "rat bastard," "hell," and "damn." A teen character uses the middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Converse, iPhone, MSNBC, BBC World News. Also lots of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World tie-in merchandise available in real life.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man offers a woman a beer, but she declines since it's still morning.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jurassic World Dominion is the third film in the Jurassic World reboot trilogy and reportedly the final chapter of the entire Jurassic Park franchise. Set four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the story unites Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) from the newer films with scientists Dr. Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Grant (Sam Neill), and Dr. Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from the original movies. Together they must fight the villainous CEO (Campbell Scott) of an international genetics/agricultural corporation who's lying about how the company uses dinosaur DNA. Expect plenty of jump scares, human-eating dinosaurs, and epic predator-on-predator fights, but there's a slightly lower body count in this installment than the previous ones. Language includes occasional use of "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," etc., and there are a few embraces and kisses between two different couples. This cast is notably intergenerational and also features more women than others in the series have. As with all Jurassic films, this film continues to explore themes related to science, nature, ethics, teamwork, and prioritizing people over profits. Integrity and perseverance are also on display. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This franchise finale is saved by the original trio of actors who made the original Jurassic Park memorable. Dern, Neill, and Goldblum add much-needed heft to Jurassic World Dominion as characters who are committed to saving the world. That puts them in contrast to Owen and Claire, who are on an extremely personal mission to rescue their daughter from a profit-seeking corporation. The dinosaurs are less impressive this time around, with familiar (and, at this point, predictable) battles between apex predators and several life-or-death moments. But it is a refreshing change to see the predators stalking around a snowy mountain landscape or co-existing with humans around the world. The movie's visual effects and other technical elements are high-quality, with excellent sound design and another on-point Michael Giacchino soundtrack that incorporates John Williams' original theme.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael, the film reunites the original Jurassic characters with the reboot stars, but the story doesn't come together seamlessly. Some developments feel forced and implausible (even beyond the suspension of disbelief required to watch this franchise), like when two characters emerge from a crash landing without even a visible bruise. The characterization is similarly uneven, although at least the three Jurassic Park actors don't need too much support to embody the scientists many viewers will fondly remember surviving the first film. And, despite its missteps, Dominion still delivers enough tension and edge-of-your-seat dinosaur battle action to entertain and close out the franchise.
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