Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston, is the third in the Jurassic Park series, which first appeared in 1993. This movie revisits palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), who has made every effort to put the horrific incidents of the Jurassic Park disaster behind him. He has continued his dinosaur research, but has been limited by a lack of funding. For this reason, he reluctantly agrees to accept a big donation for his research in exchange for his services as a guide on a small pleasure flight over the abandoned dinosaur-cloning site, Isla Sorna. The flight has been financed by wealthy businessman Paul Kirby (William H. Macy), who’s joined on the trip by pilot M.B. Nash (Bruce Young), ex-wife Amanda Kirby (Tea Leoni), Grant’s PhD student Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola), and the slightly sinister Udesky (Michael Jeter) and Cooper (John Diehl).
Grant discovers the Kirbys’ real intentions for the expedition only after the plane gets near the island. They plan to land and look for their son, Erik (Trevor Morgan), who recently disappeared near the island after a freak parasailing accident with Amanda’s new partner, Ben Hildebrand (Mark Harelik). Despite Grant’s protests, the group lands, only to discover the true dangers of the island. More things go wrong when their plane crashes a few hours later, and they must use all their resources to survive.
Violence in the natural world; family breakdown; separation of children from parents; the role of humans and their technological interventions on the earth
This movie shows repeated physical violence among dinosaurs and between dinosaurs and humans. For example: There are also several heated verbal exchanges between Dr Grant and Mr Kirby. In another scene, Cooper knocks Dr Grant unconscious (although the actual blow isn’t shown).
This movie shows repeated physical violence among dinosaurs and between dinosaurs and humans. For example:
There are also several heated verbal exchanges between Dr Grant and Mr Kirby. In another scene, Cooper knocks Dr Grant unconscious (although the actual blow isn’t shown).
There’s one mild sexual reference in this movie, when ex-partners Amanda and Paul glimpse each other while dressing. After observing that Paul had lost some weight, Amanda says, ‘You still look good …’. Bob replies, ‘So do you’.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
This movie has at least one example of substance use, when Dr Grant and Billy order alcoholic drinks while sitting in a bar with Paul and Amanda.
Nudity and sexual activity
This movie doesn’t show any nudity or sexual activity directly. But one scene shows ex-partners Amanda and Paul Kirby changing clothes in front of one another. Amanda is shown from the waist up in her bra, and Paul is shown with a bare chest.
There are no products of particular concern in this movie.
This movie has some mild coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Jurassic Park III is a fast-paced science fiction adventure. Although it has a better storyline than the second movie in the series, this movie again depends heavily on violent episodes for its impact. For this reason, Jurassic Park III is not appropriate for young children, who might be very scared by the graphic and realistic dinosaur attacks in the movie.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with older children include working together.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as family relationships. Real family relationships are complex, in contrast to the simplistic relationships shown in this movie. You might also want to talk about the impact of humans on the earth.