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Tom & Jerry

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Disappointing reboot has lots of cartoonish violence.

Movie PG 2021 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

Fun for the whole family.

Violence is sometimes extreme and senseless.
age 5+

it is fine

The movie is the most mid movie ever. I mean the show is obviously better. The movie is about a cat named Tom & a mouse named Jerry. At first they don't even know each other untill they meet. The girl is losing her job so she works at another place. So Jerry has a little room in the place she is working at. While Tom is in the streets he sees Jerry in this sweet apartment and he decides he is going to some wires to get there but Jerry does some tricks to stop him. Tom eventually gets into the room and they both fight. they both destroy the place. The girl comes in. (the girl who lost her job) and found only Tom sitting there. So they become friends and Tom becomes an employee to try to catch little Jerry. Tom is up to a big challenge catching Jerry though. There is this dude who does not think that the girl nor Tom do their job. So he is the reason a big problem happened at the wedding happening there. After that the marriage does not work out for them. But at the end they try again and get married there and Tom & Jerry somewhat are friends in the end.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (42 ):

The latest reboot of this decades-old franchise is neither clever enough to win over new fans nor nostalgic enough to engage the generations raised on the cat-and-mouse shenanigans. While only some of the straight-to-DVD Tom and Jerry cartoons have been better than decent, at least they center on the title characters, even when they're thrown into existing storylines like Robin Hood, The Wizard of Oz, or a big Sherlock Holmes or fairytale crossover. Here, however, Tom and Jerry are secondary characters -- and, what's worse, the main plot isn't especially entertaining, particularly for kids who aren't going to care about a millennial who's trying to keep her day job or a society couple's over-the-top wedding.

There's no doubt that younger kids may still enjoy the physical (if violent) shenanigans at the heart of the action, although it's possible some may feel slightly unsettled by seeing animals repeatedly hurting each other in a realistic, live-action environment. It's just not quite as funny as it is in a purely cartoon world. Despite the presence of well-known actors like Moretz, Peńa, and Jost, as well as Rob Delaney and Ken Jeong, Tom & Jerry's screenplay is flat and in no way shows off the cast's comedic talent. Just because kids will laugh at the chase scenes and poop jokes doesn't make the movie worthy of a family-night selection. Not that anyone was clamoring for it, but fans of this iconic duo deserve a reboot that's worth their time.

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