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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn the importance of state parks.
Positive messages include taking care of state parks and discovering the fun that can be had with your family and friends in the outdoors.
Positive Role Models
Ranger Smith and Rachel are both environmentally aware advocates for Jellystone Park, and even though they frequently make mistakes, Yogi and Boo Boo always have good intentions (except when they're stealing pies ...). Even Ranger Jones has a change of heart and realizes that the park is more important than his ambition to be head ranger.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish, slapsticky violence includes lots of messy picnic basket-nabbings, pratfalls, and minor crashes that are humorously disastrous but don't seem to really hurt (even though they should).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting between Ranger Smith and Rachel, as well as one kiss at the end. Yogi makes a silly comment about how Ranger Smith should court Rachel by fighting off potential suitors and then urinating on her to "mark her" as his.
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Insults like "dumb," "stupid," "loser," "heck," and the like.
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Products & Purchases
Product placements aren't frequent, but a few scenes show a Lincoln Town Car and a Jeep, as well as a Ford pick-up truck.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this broad comedy based on the Yogi Bear cartoons is age-appropriate for most elementary schoolers. There are some cartoonish, slapstick disasters (people falling, pies hitting Yogi in the face, people evacuating a campsite after fireworks start flying everywhere, etc.), and some insults (such as "stupid" and "loser"), but other than that, things are pretty tame. One couple does flirt and eventually shares a brief kiss, but there's no overt sexuality. The consumerism is also surprisingly mild, with only a few cars as product placements. Amid the silly humor, kids may learn how valuable state and national parks are and why it's fun to explore the outdoors with your family. Note: The 3-D version of the movie makes some parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but it doesn't have the "scary" factor that other 3-D flicks do. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
YOGI BEAR may be known as the smarter-than-the-average bear, but this frankly dumb movie has neither the nostalgia factor necessary for parents to really enjoy it. It also lacks the visuals to justify the 3-D surcharges at movie theaters. Sure, young kids who are just starting to understand comedy will laugh a few times -- especially because the movie stars two talking bears -- but parents will probably wonder why yet another cultural touchstone from their youth has been remade in the broadest, least original way imaginable.
It's a shame; the comic actors are all talented performers, but there's just no point to the story. We've seen this same plot line (save the animal/park/zoo/habitat) a dozen different times. The low point of the uninspired dialogue has to be when Faris, playing eco-friendly filmmaker Rachel, stares directly at the camera and says "I love this park!" Aykroyd will always be a favorite comedian from the '70s and '80s, and he deserves so much more than this cheesy, forgettable save-the-forest flick.
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