Title: Jurassic Park
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldbloom
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Summary: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
What we fondly remember: Jurassic Park is a classic, right? We had to watch it eventually!
What was refreshing: Jurassic Park is sci-fi action-adventure at its best: you’ve got equal parts scare-factor, action, backstory, and relationship plotlines.
Red flags: Well, it’s scary, isn’t it? We’ve found our kids are less frightened of dinosaurs than supernatural stuff like, a’hem…mummies, but still, Jurassic Park is intense. Had Toby (age 7) not insisted he could ‘handle it, Mom!’ I’d have fast-forwarded through some of the characters meeting their demise courtesy of a T-Rex’s jaws.
Kids’ Review: They loved it. Dinosaurs are just far enough removed from their ‘things that may be lingering under the bed’ list that the scare-factor was manageable, and the storyline of the ‘real dino’ park really captured their imagination. If you have kids who will be scared by dinosaurs though, obviously you’ll want to sit this one out.
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