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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie addresses the future possibilities of technology. There are also lots of take aways about family relationships and self-confidence.
The movie speaks to the challenges that families face to stay connected in a busy, tech-driven world and shows parents and their teenage son recommitting to communicating better. The story also touches on the real-world benefits of technological advancements (as well as the possible dangers when such breakthroughs fall into the wrong hands).
Positive Role Models
Claire and Matt are loving partners and parents who've let unresolved issues come between them but vow to change their ways for the sake of their family. Brody often disobeys his parents but learns that his actions can have severe consequences. Claire must face the demons of her past and find the courage and self-esteem to put them to rest.
Violence & Scariness
A brief scene includdes some physical struggles and fists thrown, but thre are no visible injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting between teens, but they don't even kiss.
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Products & Purchases
The movie is sponsored by (among others) Walmart and XBox, and their products are shown in a couple of brief scenes. Also mention of PUR drinking water. The movie and its soundtrack are sold exclusively at Walmart.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie -- which mixes action, adventure, drama, and lots of positive messages -- is an excellent choice for families. The Thompsons' struggles with communication and emotional connection will be relatable to most families, and the characters' journey toward each other will give parents and kids plenty to talk about after the movie's over. There's virtually no iffy content, but the pace and content probably won't grab little kids' interest, so it's best for grade schoolers and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
NBC's attempt to revive Family Movie Night hits its mark with THE JENSEN PROJECT, which gives families plenty to talk about after tuning in. The intriguing (albeit fictionalized, of course) glimpse into top-secret scientific research will get everyone's gears turning about where the world is today and where we're headed in the future. In addition, the movie surfaces the debate over who should have access to such breakthroughs (and for what purpose they can be used), which will prompt discussions about right and wrong and human responsibility.
On a more personal level, The Jensen Project also strikes at the heart of struggles that many real families will relate to -- like feeling out of touch and losing trust in one another. All of the Thompsons battle individual uncertainties, magnified by their emotional distance from each other. The movie chronicles their journey back toward understanding and communicating with each other, which holds worthwhile lessons for families who watch.
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.