A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In its own strange way, the film promotes healthy eating and living.
Positive Role Models
In the live-action sequences, Shane loves her Dad very much, in spite of all the mistakes he makes, and wants him to be healthy.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence. During the animated sequences, characters get into fistfights, car chases, and gun battles between white blood cell police officers and green viruses dressed like criminals. During the life-action sequences, a character vomits on another character. A character fights a monkey for a hard-boiled egg after the monkey takes the egg out of his hand. Characters are killed and there is one apparent death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During the animated sequences, personified male and female white blood cells passionately kiss, A personified male white blood cell talks to a personified female white blood cell about "hooking up," and the female white blood cell rejects him by making a masturbation reference.
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Not really an issue, but characters say the word "spit" as an obvious substitution for "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
During the live-action sequences a character is always shown smoking a cigar. This same character encourages a character who seems to be coming down with a cold to drink a beer as quickly as possible, which this character does. During the animation sequences, characters go into a bar that is inside of a pimple, where they drink drinks made to look like alcoholic beverages.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.