Joey

1997 PG 1h 37m DVD

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Joey

1997 PG 1h 37m DVD
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Ed Begley Jr. and Jamie Croft star in this heartwarming family adventure about a young boy who fights for the return of a captured kangaroo to the Outback and is so committed to his cause that he's prepared to enlist the public's help.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
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 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Joey's premise involves a teen boy whose father is absent and presumed dead, and later, a teen girl whose mother has died recently. The majority of the film involves a teen boy who has run away. Additionally, in a few key scenes, the teen boy drives a vehicle without a license and without consequence. He also steals money to further a positive goal, though in the end he pays the money back. There's mild profanity ("goddamn") and sustained peril, and some potentially frightening or confusing inclusions for younger kids -- such as a scary character with studded leather gloves and a face mask, and a plot that involves an underground animal-against-man fighting ring.

Sexual Content

There's some very brief implied innuendo when a teen girl models a red dress while faux-campy sexy music plays in the background, and a woman asks a teen boy what he thinks of the girl's dress.

Violence

The movie has some sustained peril and menace throughout. In an opening scene, armed men in a truck attempt to shoot a family of kangaroos, and then pursue a teenage boy on a wild chase. Men are thrown from a truck into a pond. Two boys wrestle and fight in another scene. A fairly frightening-looking masked man wearing studded leather boxing gloves chases and intimidates a boy. Elsewhere, there's a grab bag of casual and slapstick violence, from toes being stomped on, to near car crashes, to a man and kangaroo boxing.

Language

In one brief early scene, "goddamn" is muttered during a fight between two teen boys. Elsewhere, there are run-of-the-mill non-profane insults, such as calling a kangaroo a "mongrel."

Social Behavior

Joey delivers strong pro-animal rights and animal conservation messages, as well as messages about doing the right thing, and how passion is what makes the person.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A man holds a glass of wine in one brief scene.

  • 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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