Mighty Joe Young (1998) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for some menacing action violence and mild language

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Dome destruction from fires happens at a fair. People, including children, are put in peril.
  • Poachers are hunting animals, including they purposefully shot Joe's mother (impact not seen) and shot Jill's mother (impact not seen, but we hear a moan as she's hit). Then Joe attacks Strasser and bites his hand hard, severing his finger and thumb (minimal blood seen).
  • Angry upon seeing Garth, Joe tears up his grounds and knocks down a tree that nearly hits Harry in a nearby tent. Moments later, Joe's inside that tent, knocking people aside (and we hear him accidentally step on one man's leg) as he tries to get to Garth and more specifically, Strasser (but he's sedated with tranquilizers before that happens).
  • Joe tosses Strasser onto wires before he loses his grip and falls into a transformer and is electrocuted to death.


  • At least 3 hells, 2 damns, 1 crap, and 4.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some local trackers appear to be drinking (and perhaps a bit intoxicated -- seen from a distance).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • An early scene set at night with poachers and their dogs racing through the woods, looking for the gorillas. This also includes them purposefully shooting Joe's mother (impact not seen), shooting Jill's mother (impact not seen, but we hear a moan as she's hit), and Joe attacking Strasser and biting his hand.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending where it appears Joe dies can be emotionally intense for some as Jill cries heavily over him.
  • A police officer arrives at the carnival, sees Joe and watches in horror as Strasser is being electrocuted to death. Believing Joe to be responsible, he calls for armed assistance.

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