A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain rather than to educate, this story does involve the names and general physical likenesses of several dinosaur species.
Claire's determination to do a good job and her ability to solve problems on the fly are important assets to Jurrassic World's success. Initially wary of self-assured Owen, she learns to appreciate his positive attributes and work effectively with him. It's their teamwork that saves the opening of the exhibit. A scheming character plots to unravel the employees' plans before he's discovered.
Positive Role Models
Owen's self-confidence leads him into some sticky situations, but to his credit, he always manages to find a solution to the problem. Claire works hard and holds herself to a high standard. The park's owner, Simon, is childish and expects his employees to bring all of his plans to fruition with little direction.
Violence & Scariness
Many scenes show dinosaurs baring their sharp teeth and roaring at human characters. Park employees carry guns that they can use to stun the animals. Several action sequences become perilous for the characters, especially Owen and Claire. Examples include a dicey helicopter ride that barely avoids crashing, vehicle rollovers, humans chased and otherwise threatened by dinosaurs, Owen falling down a cliff, and the like. No lasting injuries, though.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Owen's attraction to Claire upon meeting her is shown by a slow-motion segment.
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In one scene, it's implied that a character made photocopies of his butt.
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Products & Purchases
The story doubles as a lengthy (and very effective) commercial for the Lego brand and the Jurassic World sets especially.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit is an action-packed story whose events and character encounters predate those in Lego Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape and the live-action movie Jurassic World. Some dinosaurs (including a massive Tyrannosaurus rex) are shown roaring at, chasing, and threatening humans in scenes that might frighten young viewers. There also are several moments of peril for the characters, such as falling from a cliff, rolling their vehicle, and flying a helicopter through a storm. Kids will like the two main characters, Owen and Claire, who form a tenuous working relationship despite their very different personalities, and parents will like how Claire's industrious nature helps her solve problems and succeed in her job. This show doubles as extended marketing for the Lego and Jurassic World brands, of course, but it's a fun story with clever Lego-themed humor as well. 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 fun special transcends its odd pairing -- the Lego brand and the Jurassic World storyline, even given the discrepancy in target audiences for each. Jurassic World fans who might enjoy this origin story for its place in Claire's and Owen's relationship especially definitely aren't the kids who will most like the Lego humor that makes it a fun watch. And to some degree, the reverse is true: Kids who enjoy this intro to the characters and Jurassic World concept might want more follow-up than the only other Lego production of the same theme, The Indominus Escape.
That said, The Secret Exhibit does a decent job standing on its own merit. The story moves at a brisk pace and involves plenty of action and humor. Few details are overlooked in creating Jurassic World with Lego bricks, so everything from the plant life to the blocky papers that shoot out of a photocopier are reminiscent of their merchandise versions. Of course, this can also be its downfall if marketing in your kids' entertainment is a concern for you.
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