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Still shot from the movie: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

When Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a message from his long lost grandfather (Michael Caine), he sets off to find the intrepid explorer with the help of his stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) and the owners of a dilapidated helicopter eager for cash (Luis Guzmán and Vanessa Hudgens). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 10 Feb 2012
Video Release: 05 Jun 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Several years ago, Dwayne Johnson made the move from what was then the World Wrestling Federation into acting. And he seems to have come with a natural sense of comedic timing. Do you think Johnson is more suitable for roles in family-friendly films, like this one, or action flicks? Would your significant other be impressed or repulsed by the pec pops of love? What does Sean think about his stepfather’s relationship advice?

Do movies like this encourage children to read Jules Verne’s books? If you are familiar with the stories, how accurately does this film portray the novel’s description of the island?

What attempts does Hank make to connect with his stepson? Why is Sean hesitant to trust Hank’s overtures? What does Grandpa Anderson learn from Hank? Why are Hank and Grandpa so testy with one another when they first meet? Why do you think we are seeing more positive portrayals of father figures in the movies?

Learn more about Jules Verne, the sci-fi author on whose work this movie is based, at this website: href=“http://www.unmuseum.org/verne.htm.

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