Joey
PG
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +1

This straight to video release tells the story of twelve year old Billy McGregor (Jamie Croft) who lives on a ranch in the old, rugged Australian Outback with a loving mom (Rebecca Gibney) and lots of great animal friends. He cares and watches over all the animals, but his favorite is a baby kangaroo named Joey. Things are quite peaceful for Billy until poachers invade the land and kidnap Joey's parents. Billy knows that without his parents Joey's life is in danger, and he must do whatever it takes to reunite Joey with his rightful family. So he boards a train for the city of Sidney where Kangaroo Kingdom, a kangaroo refuge, and Joey's parents await. On the way, Billy meets Linda Ross (Alex McKenna), a U.S. Governor's daughter, and she joins in the hunt for the elusive Kangaroo Kingdom. What the two discover will not only put their lives in danger but will alter their futures forever. This recently released video is a story about friendship and love. It's action and positive message about going the distance for a friend will tend to hold childrens attention, but the slow pace of the film may make it only fairly appealing to them.

In spite of all its action, the film's violence is mild. When poachers are trying to capture the kangaroos, they fire tranquilizer darts at them. And when Linda and Billy are trying to help free the captured kangaroos, they are pursued by the evil poachers who grab and threaten to harm them. Each time, however, the kids escape by helping one another. One poacher could be exceptionally frightening to kids because he is dressed in leather and chains with a catchers mitt over his face. Although the dialogue remains fairly clean, there is one slightly suggestive incident. Linda is approached by an older man who kisses her hand and looks at her in a slightly suggestive manner. Joey has a few questionable elements, but they are minor. So we have given this reasonably decent film our approval.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
Distributor: Village Rainbow Pictures and Pratt Entertainment

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Once (reference to urinating)
Profanity: Few (2) times-- both Exclamatory
Violence: Many times -- Moderate (fist fight, kangaroos shot at with tranquilizer guns, truck crashes, baby kangaroo dropped from mothers pouch, kangaroo destroys kitchen, man scares boy, car nearly hits boy, girl pushes boy, man in mask chases and grabs boy, boy steps on man's foot, girl hits man with broom, man falls off ledge)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None, Near Nudity: Once (man in boxer shorts)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Once (older man kisses young girls hand in a suggestive manner)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Boy tells girl that lightening took his dad's spirit up into the clouds, man dressed in somewhat frightening leather outfit with chains and catchers mask
Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 8 and older

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