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Mighty Joe Young Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Successful remake is thrilling family fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a poacher kills Joe's mom (a gorilla) and Jill's mom (a primate specialist) in the traumatic opening scene. Joe crushes a bystander's leg and kills his attacker by throwing him against some power lines. In the climactic sequence, a child is barely rescued from a burning Ferris wheel. The movie addresses the subjects of endangered animals and poaching.

  • Families can talk about whether this film, which is a remake of a 1949 monster movie, is also a monster flick. Is Joe a monster? Or is he simply ill-treated and misunderstood? Are there other so-called movie monsters that might fall into that category? What about Frankenstein? What message, if any, do you think the movie makers were trying to get across? Do monster movies often have messages?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie addresses the subjects of endangered animals and poaching.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: A poacher kills Joe's mom (a gorilla) and Jill's mom (a primate specialist) in the traumatic opening scene. Joe crushes a bystander's leg and kills his attacker by throwing him against some power lines. In the climactic sequence, a child is barely rescued from a burning Ferris wheel.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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