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    Village Voice

    Spectacularly photographed and journalistically lame, Jane's Journey blows a 105-minute kiss to Dr. Jane Goodall.

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  • 60

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    The New York Times

    Skimps on intellectual substance but skirts by on the lightly likable charm of its subject.

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  • 70

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    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    A worshipful tribute to the life and work of Jane Goodall.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Overall, film hits the right tone, and its brief but fascinating glimpses into Goodall's private life distinguishes it from the many TV docs on the lady.

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OK for kids 9+

Slow but insightful documentary about pioneering activist.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this biographical documentary follows the life of English anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who has dedicated herself to championing environmental and animal causes for more than 50 years. There's nothing really inappropriate in the film, but some of the topics -- and the length of the movie -- make it a beter fit for tweens and teens than young kids. Goodall does mention both of her husbands and the romances that led up to her marriages, as well as her husbands' jealousy (there's also footage of her kissing her first husband). Goodall also talks about some of the dangers facing the chimpanzees and the horrors that some communities in Tanzania deal with (bush meat, poaching, rape). Overall, this is an inspiring story of a pioneering women's tireless efforts to promote peace.

  • Families can talk about how they can apply Goodall's messages about peace and conservation to their own lives. 
  • How is Goodall's private life portrayed in relation to her professional life? Did she "balance" life and work well? How does her son feel about growing up with her as a mother?
  • How is this documentary different than other films about animal rights or environmental issues? Is focusing on person's life more compelling than concentrating on the animals themselves?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The documentary shares Goodall's messages of conservation and animal rights, as well as her commitment to anti-poverty and environmental protection. 

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    Role models: Goodall is an incredible woman who has dedicated her life to animal rights, research, and conservation issues. She has singularly committed herself to furthering the cause of environmentalism and goes around the world inspiring adults and children to learn more about the world around them. She has influenced and impacted entire communities and, despite her age, manages to find the time to help children through her Roots and Shoots organization.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Mention of some of the difficulties the people in African nations face with poachers, bush meat, and other crises. Goodall discusses the horrors of poaching, rape, and violence that plague certain areas of the world.

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    Sex: Some footage of Jane kissing her first husband, wildlife photographer Hugo van Lawick, and some discussion of their passionate romance until he became jealous and possessive. Jane also mentions that her second husband, whom she also calls "terribly jealous," was her soul mate.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue