Curious George

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3

Voices of: Will Ferrell, Dick Van Dyke, Drew Barrymore, Joan Plowright, Eugene Levy, David Cross. Written by Ken Kaufman. Directed by Matthew OCallaghan.

From the beloved childrens stories by Margaret and H. A. Rey, George is an inquisitive little monkey, more lovable than Cheetah. And thats saying something considering the little guy doesnt seem to have any family. By day hes pals with everyone in the jungle as he learns how life works. But at night, he covers up all alone in his tree house build for one. Then suddenly, an adventurer shows up wearing a silly hat, looking for a lost treasure. He needs to find and bring back the sacred statue or the museum he works for will be turned into a parking lot. Sadly, the treasure is disappointing and all he returns to New York with is an adoring, inquisitive baby primate.

Even the best of kids' films fail to hold little ones throughout, but Curious George hangs in there, delivering laughs and a gentle reminder to all that love is the essential element needed in every life. Aided by a gentle story, highlighted by kid-friendly slapstick, engaging songs by Jack Johnson, and funny vocal assistance by Will Ferrell and Dick Van Dyke, Curious George gives movie-going families a delightful, sweet-tempered outing.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None, though one character in frustration yells out, sweet mother of science.

Violence: some cartoonish slapstick such as dodging disgruntled wild animals and New York traffic, but the filmmakers handle the perilous situations with restraint and affection for little viewers.

Sex: The adventurer has a loving admirer in a local teacher. But they just make eyes at each other. The filmmakers dont bore little ones with too much mushy stuff.

Nudity: None. Cartoon animals dont need duds.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None


Other: The museums proprietor has not shown his son much fatherly affection, causing the young man to be jealous and spiteful toward the adventurer. But by films end, everyone learns life lessons about caring. There are positive statements about friendship, sacrifice and learning.

Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Little ones, but enough fun left over for parents

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