Borrowing liberally from everything from Avatar to Jurassic Park to TV’s “Land of the Lost,” which inspired the equally lame Will Ferrell movie by the same name, Journey 2 has a musty, been-there-seen-that quality that’s virtually impossible to escape.

But for the film’s leading man (no, I’m not talking about The Rock) Josh Hutcherson, who’s sure to escalate to a Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner-level of popularity once the highly anticipated The Hunger Games flick releases later this year, Journey 2 is probably the last stinker he’ll be a part of. So that’s something, right?

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Only one reference to whether alcohol may have caused someone’s bad judgment.
  • Language/Profanity: “Crap" is used once, while “heck” sits in for its harsher counterpart on two occasions. Some scatological humor.
  • Sex/Nudity: Sean and Kailani share a brief kiss. Kailani also tends to choose clothing on the clingy side or where her bare midriff is shown.
  • Violence: Several chase scenes and potentially perilous situations involving giant-sized animals, something that happens to small creatures on the mysterious island. There’s also a creepy looking spider that could scare the younger set. A funnel cloud sends a helicopter (with passengers inside) barreling down to the ocean (everybody lives). Earthquake tremors and torrential flood waters also up the danger factor.
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.