Joe Versus the Volcano

1990 PG 1h 42m DVD

Joe Versus the Volcano

1990 PG 1h 42m DVD
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When office drone Joe learns he's going to die soon, he travels to an island whose natives need a human sacrifice to appease their volcano god. On his way there, Joe falls in love with Patricia, and the two bravely face their destiny.
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Dan Hedaya, Barry McGovern, Abe Vigoda, Ossie Davis, Amanda Plummer, Carol Kane
John Patrick Shanley
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the plot of the 1990 comedy Joe Versus the Volcano rests on the idea that the main character will commit suicide since he has a terminal illness. Despite the morbid premise, the cult classic is mostly upbeat, but an extended typhoon leaves background characters missing and main characters stranded for a while. One of the characters smokes, and there is some drinking, and a bit of profanity ("s--t"). The island inhabitants are also portrayed stereotypically.

Sexual Content

A few romantic kissing scenes between the two leads. One of the characters asks if the other had slept with her half sister.


There is an extended scene where characters on a boat sail into a typhoon. Some of the ship's crew do not survive, and for an extended amount of time, two of the main characters struggle to survive on a giant luggage case. A character faced with death debates the virtues of suicide. Hanging over the main character's head is the prospect of ending his life by jumping into an active volcano.


A couple instances of "s--t."

Social Behavior

The movie's message is to seize the day and live life to the fullest.


A brief glimpse of a Giorgio Armani store.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the characters is shown smoking cigarettes. Characters drink wine, but do not act drunk. During a climactic scene, one of the main characters appears with a bottle of alcohol and a glass.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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