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Mighty Joe Young Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

More of a historic novelty than an action film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that night club patrons feed the gorilla liquor and treat him cruelly, after which he goes on a rampage, destroying the club.

  • Families can talk about "monster movies." Is Joe a monster? Or is he simply ill-treated and misunderstood? Are there other so-called movie monsters who 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: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: An intoxicated Joe destroys a nightclub.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Night club patrons feed Joe liquor until he's drunk.