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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    After "Monsters, Inc.," this movie may be a bit of a letdown, but there are some scenes that will delight elementary-school-age children and older preschoolers -- notably the gross-out moments.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It doesn't have the little in-jokes that make "Shrek" and "Monsters, Inc." fun for grown-ups. But adults who appreciate the art of animation may enjoy the look of the picture.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune

    Clever and funny, with a dense surface of ideas and moods.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A lickety-split, madly packed, roller-coaster entertainment that might almost have been designed to make you scared of how much smarter your kids are than you.

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OK for kids 6+

Stylish 3-D computer animation, good characters.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius has lots of cartoon action (explosions, crashes, falls, an alien invasion, air battle, spear-play) and some suspense (adults are abducted from Earth and threatened with being eaten by a dragon-like three-eyed monster), but it's always more humorous than violent. No one is injured or killed -- even the gooey alien life forms simply dissolve into green goo. Only the youngest or most sensitive kids might find it scary. Some comic potty humor (i.e." sugar booger," "holy cow pie," "I peed in the shower"), is heard occasionally, the highlight of which is Jimmy's invention of burping soda. A mechanical dog poops metal nuts, bolts, and other hardware. 

  • Families can talk about why kids make fun of one another for being different. Have you ever been teased for being smart?
  • How does this movie compare with The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron TV show? 
  • If the parents in your family disappeared for a day, which rules would you break? 

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value:   Because Jimmy is a "genius," kids are introduced to a number of scientific terms: meteor shower, asteroid, atmosphere, rocketry, etc.  

  • message true3

    Messages: Jimmy's behavior proves that it's valuable to be smart. Parents make rules because they love and want to protect you. Jimmy and his friends pay dearly for sneaking out of the house to attend an amusement park opening. The statement "What your parents don't know won't hurt 'em" is cleverly contradicted. Some clearly stated messages: Don't talk to strangers; be careful what you wish for; and don't be hard on yourself.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models:  Jimmy and two friends are mocked for their differences (Jimmy is short and maybe too smart, one boy is a chubby and has asthma, and the third is obsessed with superheroes). Gradually, they earn the respect and admiration of their classmates. Lots of ethnic diversity. Female characters are smart, brave, and show that being female does not limit their abilities. Parents are loving and reliable, despite sometimes being slightly clueless. The only teacher is ditzy but brave. 

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness:  Comic action throughout. Jimmy's inventions constantly get him into trouble: He falls, vehicles explode; he is unwittingly responsible for an alien invasion. The heroes are endangered by: a meteor shower, an alien abduction of all the kids' parents, shock-inducing spears, an all-out air battle that pits the alien spaceships against the kids' jerry-rigged amusement park rides and includes explosions and electric bolts. Alien lifeforms are green and frog or slug-like. They utter threats like "You all must die" and then cackle. Jimmy's robotic pet dog is captured and menaced by the aliens. A worm, a plant, and the main monster all have fangs or pointed teeth and threaten to devour their victims. 

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff:  Mention of puberty. Girls flirt with a bad-boy type. 

  • language false1

    Language:  Mild potty humor ("my pants are almost dry," says a boy after being scared) and the expressions "kick buttock," "holy cow pie," "sugar booger," "I peed in the shower." 

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: TV Land television channel is visible in one scene. This 2001 movie was followed by the TV series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, which originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 through 2006. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue