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Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: G

The first feature film based on the popular direct-to-video children's series that features talking Christian vegetables and fruits, adapts the Biblical tale of Jonah and the whale, framed within a contemporary story. Jonah is an asparagus, while the whale remains a whale. With the voices of Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Kristin Blegen and Lisa Vischer. [1:23]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A pair of boxer shorts are stuck on the windshield of a bus.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We hear what sounds very much like the "Jaws" theme as a veggie sits in the sea, and we see a shadow of an enormous creature beneath him; then a whale shoots to the surface with its mouth open wide and grabs the veggie (we see him later in the whale's stomach). A whale jumps out of the water and grabs a bowling ball that had been shot at him (there is a caterpillar in one of the finger holes). We see a pumpkin smashed by some sort of fish-slamming contraption (we hear a squish and see shrapnel hit the veggie next to it). A veggie is arrested and, with two others, they're tied to poles where they are threatened to be squashed by an enormous fish. A whale spits out a veggie. A guard lowers a stick with a sharp blade on the end toward a veggie. We see many veggies hitting each other with fish. A veggie is shot in the back by a porcupine quill and when he pulls it out later we see a hole remaining. A guitar gets caught in the steering wheel of a bus and when a veggie tries to free it the steering wheel pulls off with it; the bus loses control swerving back and forth across a road and nearly hitting a family of porcupines in the road, but the tires are shot out (by a porcupine quill) and the bus hurdles down a hill, gets caught up in a laundry line that breaks, the bus continues toward a river, but is finally stopped by a tree stump. A caterpillar starts a boat motor that gets loose and chases veggies around the deck of a ship. A veggie is threatened by guards with fish on sticks. A ship full of veggies fills with water in a storm and one veggie is chosen to walk the plank in order to appease God and stop the storm. A veggie hits his head on a placard. We hear about people being punished by being hit with fish. Veggies argue in several scenes, exchanging insults, blame and accusations. A veggie bus driver is hit on the head repeatedly by another veggie playing a guitar, causing him to swerve on a winding road. It is said that the "Israelites wished that God would wipe Nineveh off the face of the earth." A ship hits two smaller boats as it pulls out of port. Some veggie-tots sing a song that includes lines about a clumsy veggie who "pulled out all his hair," was "poked in the eye," etc. A veggie sits on a ledge waiting for God's destruction of a people (he does so with glee). We see some rotten fish with flies buzzing around them in a market. A caterpillar pushes out through a bag of cheese curls.

PROFANITY 1 - Some mild insults and name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prophets of God, God's wrath, God's chosen people, bragging, teasing, selfishness, pirates, mercy, second chances, greed, celebrity, ethics vs. piety, compassion, being lazy, motivational tapes, licensed merchandise, punishment.

MESSAGE - We need to offer second chances even if someone does not deserve to get one. Doing what God tells you is the pious thing to do.

(Note: Many of the themes of Christian piety and obedience touched upon in this feature may be of concern to members of some Christian denominations, non-Christians and non-believers.)

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