A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Osmosis Jones is a mix of live-action and animation, and is also a mix of puerile humor and cartoonish violence. While the animated sequences are imaginative, and Bill Murray is always entertaining, there is vomiting, pimple popping, snot, and flatulence. One of the main characters in the live-action sequences is always shown smoking a cigar, and in the animated sequences, a male white blood cell talks to a female white blood cell about "hooking up," and the female white blood cell makes a reference to masturbation. Parents should also know that the movie features a child whose mother has died and who is terribly worried about losing her father, who seems bent on suicide by junk food. Some kids will be upset by the way that the child has to assume the role of parent.
What's the story?
OSMOSIS JONES is a PG-rated, mostly animated movie about a very hip white blood cell (Chris Rock) and a cold capsule (David Hyde Pierce) who fight a nasty virus (Laurence Fishburne) to save the scrofulous body of zoo attendant Frank (Bill Murray). The live-action story, starring Murray with Elena Franklin as his daughter, Chris Elliott as his friend, and a brief, effervescent appearance by Molly Shannon as Shane's teacher, takes up about a quarter of movie. The rest takes place inside Frank's body, a swarming metropolis with white cell cops fighting off everything from gingivitis to intestinal unpleasantness.
Is it any good?
The Farrelly brothers and their crude humor have plumbed new depths of internal plumbing in Osmosis Jones. It seems an appropriate follow-up to the brothers' There's Something About Mary, which plumbed new depths of bodily function humor (and ended up on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest movies).
The details -- and many of the jokes -- may be a little hard to follow for anyone who does not have a working knowledge of anatomy. But the basic story line of a cop who likes to do things his way paired up with a straight-arrow, by-the-books partner joining forces against a lethal bad guy is standard movie stuff, and, as usual, it works pretty well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how we keep our bodies strong enough to fight off infection and viruses, and the challenge of deciding between things that feel good now and those that feel good later. How does that relate to the choice between the two candidates for mayor?
Talk about the news broadcasts that the characters inside of Frank watch. If there was one going on inside you, what would it say?
How well does your family take care of itself? What can you do to be healthier?
- In theaters: August 10, 2001
- On DVD or streaming: November 13, 2001
- Cast: Brandy Norwood, Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce
- Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Adventures, Science and nature
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: bodily humor
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