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Gulliver's Travels Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

The tiniest amount of fun. Read full review

1.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Crass and careless. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    33

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    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The 3-D is cheesy (2.2-D at best) the gags are gross (Gulliver urinates on an 18th-century palace to extinguish a fire) and the production abandons all hope of coherence when the hero fights a climactic battle with a giant robot out of "Transformers."

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    While not the worst in recent 3D films, Gulliver's Travels is more gimmicky than a crackling good yarn.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Strips the source material down to its recognizable parts and then builds something completely new out of them. Unfortunately, the result is entirely Lilliputian in ambition, even for a children's movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Yet another foray into unnecessary 3-D, is a rehashed mishmash of Jonathan Swift's 18th-century classic. Mostly, it's a vehicle for Jack Black's zany humor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Amusing adventure for fans of Jack Black and silly jokes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this modernization of Jonathan Swift's classic satire features everything audiences expect from family-targeted Jack Black movies: physical (including potty) comedy, minor language, and lots of references to popular culture -- particularly movies and music. The sexuality is mostly tame, but there are references to a woman's breasts (as reason enough to marry her), some innuendo, and a few brief kisses. Language includes insults like "stupid" and "lame ass" (repeated several times in one scene). Expect several mentions of/allusions to Mac products, among other brand names. On the bright side, kids should learn about the value of honesty, believing in yourself, and looking beyond someone's status.

  • Families can talk about what the movie is saying about believing in yourself. What finally makes Gulliver do the right thing? Why is it easier for him lie about himself than admit the truth?
  • What do you expect from a Jack Black movie? Is it a given that you'll see him sing, dance, and make fun of his own body? What other film stars use a similar brand of comedy?
  • Who do you think this movie is meant to appeal to most? Does it succeed? Have you seen any other versions of this story? How does this one compare?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Messages about honesty, teamwork, and seeing people for their potential and not just their social status/job title are all positive. That said, there's also some potty humor: In one scene, Gulliver pees on a fire to put it out, and viewers see people who are covered in urine. And another scene shows a bit of Jack Black's "plumber's butt."

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    Role models: Despite the fact that Gulliver has the propensity to lie -- he plagiarizes his article and then tells a bunch of lies about himself to the Lilliputians -- he redeems himself with his last-minute plan to rescue them from their enemies. Darcy learns to see Gulliver's potential and not just to consider him "the mailroom guy." Horatio and Darcy discover that love is more about honestly knowing and loving someone for who they are rather than their title or status.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Cartoonish violence in Lilliput, where the Lilliputians often have skirmishes with a neighboring kingdom. Gulliver fights one-on-one with an entire armada that fires at him, but his huge belly repels the bombs, and they charge right back at the enemy ships. Soldiers are shown jumping into the water (comic scene). In one scene, a soldier is accidentally crushed, but it's handled humorously. Gulliver surrenders after receiving a horrible "wedgie" from an oversized robot soldier he fights.

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    Sex: A couple of sweet kisses between two different couples in the story. Also some innuendo and references to romantic relationships and flirting techniques. For example, when Princess Mary asks her fiance what he likes about her, he points at her breasts, and she says "inappropriate." Gulliver convinces Horatio to woo Princess Mary by quoting Prince's song "Kiss." Gulliver refers to women as "stone cold foxes" and "babes."

  • language false2

    Language: Insults like "lame ass," "loser," and "stupid."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Products and brands represented or mentioned include Apple (the iPhone especially, but also MacBook and iTunes), Guitar Hero video game, and Mr. Coffee.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Grown-ups drink at dinner.

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