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MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

 
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At Theaters: 12/25/1998 On Video: 3/23/1999
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129806
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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A 15-foot gorilla is brought to a California animal preserve for its own safety by zoologist Gregg and Jill, the young woman who raised him and named him Joe. Threatened and confused in his new confines, the gorilla escapes, leaving a trail of destruction and chaos along Hollywood Boulevard.

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Adventure Drama - Kids and similarly easy-to-please audiences will eat up this adventure about a giant but gentle gorilla who yearns to roam free. Most adults and other more discerning moviegoers may find themselves distracted by the less-than-convincing gorilla effects and the weak script.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Bill Paxton (A Simple Plan)
Charlize Theron (Celebrity)
Director: Ron Underwood (Speechless)
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some intense scenes of violence against gorillas.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol consumption.
ACTION: Numerous chases and scenes of destruction involving a giant gorilla.
COMEDY: Some wisecracks and humorous situations.
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The many children in the audience with whom I saw Mighty Joe Young oohed and aahed at all the right moments, completely enthralled by the titular giant gorilla's destructive--but never overly violent--antics. The same will probably be the case in theatres showing the film; it is sure to please its target audience of kids. It's just that the filmmakers forgot about the adults who pay to bring that target audience to the multiplex. Chances are that they will end up marvelling at how not-so-marvelous those gorilla effects are.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 201 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
39
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
10
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
19
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
40
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
66
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

In "Mighty Joe Young," zoologist Gregg O'Hara (BILL PAXTON) is exploring the remote Pangani Mountains in Central Africa when he comes upon an incredible discovery -- an awesome 15-foot gorilla. Fearsome and dangerous when provoked, he is tame in the hands of Jill Young (CHARLIZE THERON), the 21-year-old orphan who raised the gorilla and named him Joe.

When Joe's life is threatened by poachers, Gregg and Jill rescue Joe by moving him to a California animal preserve. However, Joe is not safe for long. His newfound notoriety makes him a target for an enemy from his past: a ruthless poacher who is eager to steal Joe for his unique value in the endangered-species black market.

Feeling threatened and confused in his man-made confines, Joe escapes from captivity. With only Los Angeles and its terrified residents in his way, this powerful force of nature attempts to traverse a modern metropolis, leaving a trail of destruction and chaos in his wake.

Jill and Gregg race to save Joe's life before he is destroyed by the encircling authorities, and the chase culminates in an incredible and selfless display of courage by the mighty Joe, proving that within his fearsome frame beats a noble and heroic heart.

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