2011 Movie #28: Jurassic Park (1993)

by on Oct.08, 2011, under Syndicated from the Web

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“Hold on to your butts!”

Another movie for the middle school-age crowd and up, Jurassic Park is an award-winning film that everyone is sure to love.


  • Rating: PG-13
  • Minimum Recommended Age: 12 (Common Sense Media: Ages 12 and up)
  • Quality Rating: 75% (Common Sense Media: 4 stars, Rotten Tomatoes average rating: 7.5, Screen It take: 7 out of 10, Parent Previews overall rating: B)
  • Recommended by Lists:
  • Sex/Violence/Profanity: (see below for screen caps)
    Sex 1/10

    A computer wallpaper shows an illustration (not a real photograph) of a woman in a zebra bikini. No nudity.

    Rape is mentioned in the context of the destruction of Earth. May raise questions from young children or upset particularly sensitive people.

    kids in mind:
    None, just some innocuous flirting.

    Parent Previews:
    Character asks if someone in the park pulls up the dinosaurs’ skirts to check if they are female. Woman in bikini seen on computer screen.

    Screen It:
    A lawyer asks Hammond (about people seen on a tour of the island), “Are these characters auto erotica?” (thinking animatronics), but Hammond tells him they’re real.

    Profanity 3.25/10
    6 “s” word, 6 hells, 3 damns, 1 S.O.B. 1 crap, 7 uses of goddamn, one used as exclamation

    Common Sense Media:
    A few mild profanities.

    kids in mind:
    Some scatological language.

    Screen It:
    1 “s” word, 6 hells, 3 damns, 1 S.O.B., 1 crap, and 3 uses of “Oh God,” 2 uses each of “Oh my God” and “Oh Jesus,” and 1 use of “God damn” as exclamations. Phrases: “Jerk,” “Bloodsucking lawyer,” and “Hold on to your butts.”

    Parent Previews:
    At least: 15 mild and 2 moderate profanities, and 8 terms of Deity used as expletives.

    Violence 6.75/10
    An unseen creature attacks a man while in its cage. Man struggles to reach to safety and he is eventually dragged into cage by creature. No blood or actual attack is shown.

    A live bull is lowered into enclosure of velociraptors. Only velociraptors’ roars and screams are heard as they attack the bull. Scene of actual attack is not shown. Later, the apparatus holding the bull is raised. It is violently ripped to pieces. Faint blood is visible on close inspection.

    A T-Rex eats a live goat. One goat leg lands on a car’s glass-roof and light blood splatters are seen.

    A T-Rex attacks a car with two children inside. The T-rex attacks the car, trying to get to the kids. The children are

    A man lights a flare in an attempt to distract a T-rex. The man runs to a restroom when the dinosaur chases him, and the dinosaur flattens it, injuring the man.

    A T-Rex smashes open a restroom and eats a man off the toilet, violently whipping the body side to side

    A dilophosaurus spits poisonous venom into a man’s eyes. Man runs into his car for protection from attack. Another dilophosaurus inside the car attacks him. We only hear, not see this.

    A T-Rex chases after a speeding Jeep. It attempts to attack passengers, and slams its head against side of vehicle in an attempt to stop it.

    A velociraptor pounces on a man and mauls him to death. The mauling and eating process is covered by thick foliage. No blood is shown. However, this scene may disturb some viewers.

    A woman finds a severed arm

    T-Rex attacks a herd of Gallimimus. It catches one and slams it violently onto the ground. T-Rex whips it side-to-side and kills it. T-Rex rips it apart to eat it. Blood is seen.

    A child is electrocuted by a high-powered electric fence. We later see bloody burns on its hands

    A velocirapter runs into the side of a metal counter

    T-Rex attacks velociraptors. A velociraptor bites T-Rex’s neck; blood on neck is visible. T-Rex grabs a velociraptor and forcefully throws it in to a skeletal display.

    Common Sense Media:
    Plenty of people and a few innocent animals are eaten by realistic dinos, but there’s little actual blood and gore. Suspenseful scenes of the kids being hunted (but not caught) by dinosaurs are particularly intense.

    kids in mind:
    Five people are eaten by dinosaurs: the movie starts off with a worker being dragged inside a cage by a dino. There’s a lot of growling and crunching, but nothing is shown. Next, an enormous Tyrannosaurus rex grabs a man sitting on a toilet, and devours him, while the man’s legs are dangling from the T-rex’s toothy mouth. Another man is tackled by a dinosaur and there’s a lot of screaming before he’s presumably eaten. And, one man gets killed by a dinosaur who was hiding inside his jeep. The jeep wobbles and there’s the requisite screaming, but nothing is shown. A couple of animals are also killed: a bull is lowered into a dino cage, and then the shredded harness is pulled up. The bloody limb of a goat, who’s had an unfortunate, off screen encounter with the T-rex, drops on the roof of a car. Said T-rex also dispatches a couple of smaller dinos. In one scene, bloody flesh hangs from his mouth. A number of very close calls may also prove disturbing: the T-rex goes after two kids in a car, he breaks in the roof, tries to eat them, and eventually flips the car over, stomps on it and pushes it over a sheer wall. Also, Sam Neill, Laura Dern and the kids are chased inside a building by three smaller — but lethal, nevertheless — dinos, and a boy on an electrified fence is shocked and is shown lying motionless on the ground. We also see a man’s severed, bloody arm and there’s a very graphic description of how a certain predatory dinosaur will kill by slicing through one’s abdomen.

    Screen It:
    A worker is grabbed by a raptor and partially pulled into the cage. Others try to pull the man out and the scene ends with sounds of gunshots being fire.
    A cow is lowered down into the raptor’s cage and while nothing is seen, the raptor’s attack of the cow and painful mooing is heard as the creatures attacks and eats the cow.
    A T-Rex attacks Tim and Lex in a truck, badly damaging the vehicle. It chases Ian and then, finding a lawyer suddenly sitting out in the open, chomps down on the man and swings his body back and forth.
    A man is killed by another dinosaur (heard, with only the rocking of a jeep symbolizing the attack).
    A raptor tries to attack Ellie, and as she tries to escape, a severed arm falls onto her, indicating that the raptor has already killed another person.
    Tim is shocked as the electric fence he’s climbing over is turned back on again.
    Muldoon is attacked by the raptors, although we hear more of it than we actually see.
    The raptors try to catch the kids and later them and Grant and Ellie.
    A T-Rex and the raptors fight.

    Parent Previews:
    Unseen beast drags man by his legs into cage. Men prod at creature. Man verbally details how a velociraptor would attack a young boy. Cow is violently eaten alive by raptors, only sounds are heard. Scientist digs through pile of dino droppings. Man steals embryos. Bloody goat leg shown. Dinosaur attacks and crushes car that has people inside. Man is picked up and eaten by dinosaur, legs seen dangling from mouth. Building falls on man, causing injury. Car with passenger is pushed off wall, gets stuck in tree. Falling car threatens characters. Driver crashes car, but is not hurt. Man sprayed with poison and eaten by dinosaur – not seen. Dinosaur chases car with people inside. Carnivorous dinosaur kills other creatures; rips off head, bites through abdomen, some blood shown. Several intense scenes where dinosaurs surprise characters, chase and snap at them, and destroy property. Severed arm shown. Character receives electrical shock. Men use guns to shoot at dinosaurs. Man eaten by dinosaur – not shown. People fall from ceiling.

  • Running Time: 126 minutes
  • What does it have to do with Halloween? Nothing


During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Watch Out For

Common Sense Media:
Parents need to know that kids will see lots of folks — and a few innocent animals — being eaten by realistic dinosaurs, but there’s little actual blood and gore. In the less intense environment of home, kids as young as 9 may be able to handle the fright factor with an adult at hand, but sensitive kids should skip this one. Kids will hear a few mild profanities.

A worker gets eaten by a dinosaurA worker gets eaten by a dinosaur

What the hell do you think you're doing in here?“What the hell do you think you’re doing in here?”

You crazy son of a bitch, you did it.“You crazy son of a bitch, you did it.”

Are these characters auto...erotica?“Are these characters auto…erotica?”

Dilophosaurus - Oh, shit!“Dilophosaurus” “Oh, shit!”


That is one big pile of shit.“That is one big pile of shit.”

'You got any kids?' 'Oh, hell yeah, three.'“You got any kids?” “Oh, hell yeah, three.”

Where's the goat?“Where’s the goat?”

The t-rex eats the goatThe t-rex eats the goat

Lex looks the t-rex in the eyeLex looks the t-rex in the eye

The kids are threatened by the t-rexThe kids are threatened by the t-rex

Lex cries as the t-rex steps on the jeepLex cries as the t-rex steps on the jeep

Malcolm is chased by the t-rexMalcolm is chased by the t-rex

Gennaro gets eaten by the t-rexGennaro gets eaten by the t-rex

Lex screams when she sees the t-rexLex screams when she sees the t-rex

Grant and Lex try not to fall off the wallGrant and Lex try not to fall off the wall


Why the hell would he turn the other ones off?“Why the hell would he turn the other ones off?”


Nedry gets spit in the eyeNedry gets spit in the eye

Nedry is about to be killed by a dilophosaurusNedry is about to be killed by a dilophosaurus

The jeep almost lands on GrantThe jeep almost lands on Grant

Shit! Shit! Shit!“Shit! Shit! Shit!”

Objecs in mirror are closer than they appearObjecs in mirror are closer than they appear

The t-rex chases the jeepThe t-rex chases the jeep

Lex gets sneezed on by a brachiosaurLex gets sneezed on by a brachiosaur

Whoa, whoa, whoa, what the hell“Whoa, whoa, whoa, what the hell.”

Please! God damn it, I hate this hacker crap!“Please! God damn it, I hate this hacker crap!”

Hold on to your butts.

“Hold on to your butts.”

A tyrannosaurus rex eats a gallimimusA tyrannosaurus rex eats a gallimimus

Damn it, even Nedry knew better than to mess with the raptor fences!“Damn it, even Nedry knew better than to mess with the raptor fences!”

Grant scares the children by pretending to be electrocutedGrant scares the children by pretending to be electrocuted

Tim is thrown from the electric fenceTim is thrown from the electric fence

Damn it, dead end.“Damn it, dead end.”

Ellie is chased by a velociraptorEllie is chased by a velociraptor

Ellie finds Ray's armEllie finds Ray’s arm

Muldoon is eaten by the velociraptorMuldoon is eaten by the velociraptor

Tim hides from the velociraptorTim hides from the velociraptor

Tell them to send the damn helicopter“Tell them to send the damn helicopter.”

Lex almost fallsLex almost falls

Threatened by the velociraptorThreatened by the velociraptor

The velociraptor attacks the t-rexThe velociraptor attacks the t-rex

The velociraptor attacks the t-rexThe velociraptor attacks the t-rex

Talk About It

Common Sense Media:
Families can talk about how movies blur the line between science and science fiction, sometimes dispensing misinformation in the process. Since it’s not really possible to clone dinosaurs, why use cloning as a plot device?

Does using headline-grabbing scientific concerns make the story more plausible and thus more thrilling?

Can you think of other movies that stretch current science to create a plot, for example the possibility of asteroids hitting the earth or a sudden shift in the earth’s climate?

How can you find out which parts of a story are really based in science and which are made up?

kids in mind:
DISCUSSION TOPICS – Cloning and reproduction, stealing, trying to make a profit without thinking through the means employed.

MESSAGE – Tampering with nature is dangerous. Life always finds a way to reproduce itself.

Screen It:
Whether man should fool with mother nature and if science can ever supercede nature. In this movie, they clone dinosaurs without thinking of the consequences of doing so.

Parent Previews:
Universal Studios’ marketing department has capitalized on the dinosaur theme with all sorts of paraphernalia bearing the Jurassic logo. Most of this merchandise is aimed at young children. How does this strategy help to create the false impression that this is a film appropriate for all ages? Do you think that studios should do this?

Dr. Ellie Satler tries to explain to Mr. Hammond that controlling his creation is impossible, and that he should have considered the moral and ethical implications of what he had unleashed. Why do you think he neglected to weigh the responsibility of his decision? What factors may sometimes tempt you to overlook the consequences of your choices.

Of Note

  • Won the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing


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