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TOM AND JERRY (2021)

"A Famous Rivalry Attracts a Mixed Worldview"

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What You Need To Know:

TOM AND JERRY (2021) is a live-action comedy streaming on HBO Max and starring the famous cartoon cat and mouse. Tom and Jerry start living in a fancy New York City hotel, but a cook finds out about Jerry. Kayla, the hotel’s new event planner, tries to use Tom to get rid of Jerry, to save a high profile celebrity wedding scheduled for the hotel. Will they succeed with flying colors? Or, will Jerry get into other mischief?

TOM AND JERRY is well paced and has obvious stakes for the characters. The movie has a mixed worldview. All the characters are out for their own personal interests, but TOM AND JERRY extols the value of marriage, and a woman admits doing wrong. TOM AND JERRY also has some Christian elements. For example, one character says, “Thank the Lord” and traditional angel/devil images appear on Tom’s shoulder. There’s also a brief politically correct comment and a reference to evolution. Finally, TOM AND JERRY has four light profanities and a moderate amount of slapstick violence that mirrors the classic cartoon. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light mixed worldview but with some moral and Christian elements where characters look out for their own interests, but marriage is extolled, woman admits wrongdoing and takes responsibility for her actions, couple has an Indian-style wedding event but no apparent overt religious elements, a supporting character says, “Thank the Lord,” and traditional angel/devil images appear on Tom’s shoulder, plus a politically correct comment when a woman makes a comment about not being gender-biased when she wonders whether a mouse is male or female, and a reference to evolution when mentioning the hunting prowess of cats

Foul Language:
No obscenities, four light profanities, and some sporadic potty humor

Sex:
No sex scenes or sexual immorality (a newly married couple kisses)

Violence:
A moderate amount of slapstick cartoon violence where Tom and Jerry get hurt by moving vehicles, punch each other and things of the like, part of a glass ceiling breaks, cat scratches furniture, mouse narrowly escapes a loaded mousetrap, cartoon dog gets hit on the head, and this causes a welt, a cartoon cat scratches a human, but there’s no blood, and one scene with a video game gun on a TV screen

Nudity:
Naturalistic animal nudity, and a woman’s midriff shown

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol depicted at a hotel bar, an engaged couple holds champagne, and Tom and Jerry drink Martinelli’s in one scene

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Trickery, petty theft, and some other cats bully Tom the cat.

More Detail:

TOM AND JERRY (2021) is a live-action comedy in theaters and streaming on HBO Max and starring the famous cartoon cat and mouse. The movie begins in New York City. A cat named Tom plays the piano for onlookers and tourists. He hopes to make it big one day. While playing for an audience, a mouse named Jerry steals Tom’s thunder with his jazzy dance moves.

Later, a young woman almost literally runs into Tom on the street. The woman, named Kayla, hijacks the resume of a potential event planner who was going to interview for a position at a fancy hotel. Using the stolen resume, Kayla lands job at the hotel as an event planner. However, she wasn’t expecting having to plan a high-profile celebrity wedding at the hotel, in only a few days!

Meanwhile, Jerry finds his way to the hotel and gets cozy with its amenities while Tom is hot on his tail. A cook in the hotel kitchen finds Jerry and tells management. The news of a mouse in the kitchen on the cusp of a big catering event, the celebrity wedding, could have disastrous effects! So, Kayla takes it upon herself to find Jerry and get rid of him.

Out on the street, a discouraged Tom wonders what will ever become of his music career, but he sees Jerry living large inside the hotel from a window. That mouse! He must be punished for making a fool of Tom in public! Soon thereafter, Tom successfully gets inside the hotel and finds Jerry. They cause a ruckus, which brings Kayla to the scene. Kayla recognizes Tom from the street earlier, and the two hatch a plan to catch Jerry.

Will they succeed with flying colors? Or, will Jerry get into other mischief?

TOM AND JERRY is a hybrid of live-action and animation where all the animals are animated with the likeness of the characters from the famous cartoon with the same title. The movie’s hybrid style is reminiscent of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT or a more contemporary movie like SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. Viewers should know that Tom and Jerry don’t speak any dialogue, just like the cartoon series.

TOM AND JERRY (2021) is well paced and has obvious stakes for the characters. The movie has a mixed worldview. All the characters are out for their own personal interests, but TOM AND JERRY extols the value of marriage, and a woman admits doing wrong and takes responsibility for her actions. TOM AND JERRY also has some light Christian elements. For example, one character says, “Thank the Lord,” and a traditional angel/devil trope appears on Tom’s shoulder. There’s also a politically correct comment when a woman makes a comment about not being gender-biased when she wonders whether a mouse is male or female, and a reference to evolution when mentioning the hunting prowess of cats. and a reference to evolution. TOM AND JERRY also has four light profanities and a moderate amount of comic slapstick violence that mirrors the classic cartoon. MOVIEGUIDE advises caution for younger children.

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