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Tom and Jerry | 2021 | PG | – 1.3.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Tom and Jerry” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “cartoon violence, rude humor and brief language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a kiss, and some flirting between animals, many scenes of destruction with animated characters chasing each other and using objects to try to hurt each other causing a lot of property damage but no lasting physical injuries, and some name-calling and mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


In this live-action/animated hybrid, Tom and Jerry meet for the first time and start fighting each other immediately as they try to sneak into a fancy NY hotel. At the same time, a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) cons her way into a position at the hotel, preparations are made for an over the top celebrity wedding, and total bedlam is soon unleashed, leaving the hotel in shambles. Also with Michael Peña, Jordan Bolger, Rob Delaney, Patsy Ferran, Pallavi Sharda and Colin Jost. Directed by Tim Story. [Running Time: 1:41]

Tom and Jerry SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife kiss after their wedding ceremony.
 A cat sees another cat and its eyes turn heart-shaped as it plays piano and sings a romantic song. Pelicans flutter around in a hotel lobby and a woman talks about them “socializing and mating,” as a male peacock’s tail spreads in display. A cat hugs another cat and the second cat slaps the first in the face and walks away. A song has lyrics that include the phrase, “Came out my mama’s woo.”
 Women wear short dresses that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs in a couple of scenes. Two women wear cropped tops that reveal bare abdomens. A mouse makes several photocopies of itself including its buttocks (we see the image a couple of times). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, her bare abdomen and her bare back.

Tom and Jerry VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A cat grabs its own tail and spins around breaking a keyboard, the cat grabs a mouse, the mouse punches the cat and they run through a picnic table in a park spilling food; they run across a bridge and people scream and dodge them until the cat crashes into a woman riding a bike, the biker falls to the ground and spills what she was carrying (there are no injuries), the cat runs away and is struck by a bus (we see it unharmed later). A cat walks across electric cables between buildings, and falls several times, once after being electrocuted (the cat glows with a flash) and we see it unharmed later and a mouse cuts the cables causing the cat to be shocked and fall to the ground; the cat soars into the air with makeshift wings and speeds back down where his paws are smashed in a window by the mouse. A cat is smashed under a garage door a couple of times. A cat swipes at a man and scratches his hand (we do not see blood). A man screams when a mouse runs across his foot. A cat and a mouse, chasing each other, tear up a hotel room; we see the chandelier fall to the floor, feathers float in the air and other items are strewn around the room. A cat hits a dog on the head with a baseball bat a few times and a large bump grows on the dog’s head; the cat hits the bump, the dog pounds the cat flat onto the floor, and stars swirl around the cat’s head.
 A mouse drops a bowling ball on a cat while it plays piano and the cat chases the mouse through the bar; a dog sees the cat and charges toward it dragging a man behind it, the man is pulled along the bar top and glasses are smashed, the three animals spin around in a circle and create a tornado of destruction that eventually brings down a glass dome in the hotel lobby, with glass shattering all around. A mouse hides in a cake as a cat raises a sledgehammer to crush it, the cat moves away and a man uses a cricket bat to pound on the cake and destroy it as people look on in disbelief; the mouse is struck and thrown into the air landing on the floor near two elephants that panic and rear up, throwing their riders and causing destruction and people scream and panic.
 A cat lunges toward a mouse as it slips through a vent grate; the cat grabs it through the grate and pulls it back banging it into the metal. A mouse floats on the scent of cheese and picks it up not realizing it is attached to a trap that initiates a machine that eventually drops a cage over its head; a cat puts a crate on top of the cage and wraps it with chains before sending it away with a parcel service. A cat bumps into a display of a T-rex skeleton and the structure shakes and wobbles before it collapses. A tiger jumps onto a stage in a hotel ballroom and roars loudly frightening guests. A tiger lunges toward a dog, the dog chases a cat, the cat chases a mouse and they all spin around in a large spinning cloud in a hotel ballroom causing a lot of damage until the elephants and a couple of peacocks crash through the hotel doors shattering them and run away through city streets. A cat and a mouse ride an electric skateboard through a city street dodging traffic, rolling under and between cars; the mouse dangles from a drone and drops through the sunroof of a car, where a cat lunges at it and the two of them fly away.
 A pelican grabs a mouse by the tail and flies with it until it drops it and the mouse falls to the ground (there are no injuries). A cat rides between the cars of a subway train. A pelican slams into a bird and it slams to the ground (there are no injuries). A cat is nearly struck by stacks of thrown newspapers. A cat tries to run through the glass door of an expensive hotel, slams into the glass and the doorman throws the cat against a wall. Several cats in an alley threaten another cat; one grabs it by the throat and yells at it. A cat holding a bunch of balloons floats past a window in a high-rise building and we see it float away. A cat uses plungers to grip onto a window. A mouse points and laughs at a cat and the cat’s head turns bright red and steam blows out of its ears in anger. A cat and a mouse chase each ad spin around in a circle; when they stop the cat spits out one of its teeth. A man walks a large dog on a city sidewalk and the dog pulls the man along behind it; the dog stops in the middle of a crosswalk to defecate and cars honk at them until the man picks up the mess in tissue (we do not see the mess but we hear sputtering). A cat with an axe chases a mouse and the mouse shoots the cat with a slingshot as the cat picks up a chainsaw. A cat’s tail is trapped in a car door and we hear it squeal.
 Two elephants, a tiger and peacocks arrive at a hotel in a large truck for a wedding. A cat and a mouse are taken away by animal control officers and we see them in a cage after they are taken past several other cages with dogs in them. Several cats tell another cat to eat a mouse or they will; the cat puts the mouse in its mouth where the mouse builds a fire and grills a marshmallow (we see smoke billowing out of the cat’s ears). Drones are flown through a hotel’s hallways and we hear people screaming in the distance; the man flying them says something about the drone weapons being disarmed (we do not see any injuries). An animated speeding train crashes into a small cat that resembles another cat (it’s its conscience) and sweeps it away. A dog snaps at a man and growls when he tries to pet it. A cat is thrown into the air and knocks its head on a tree limb.
 A man accuses a woman of dereliction of duty and a man is fired from his job. A man yells at a young woman and a cat. Two men argue. A young woman pretends to be an employer and turns a woman away from a job, stealing her resume and pretending to be the other woman to get the job herself. A young woman is fired from her job and she pleads with her boss but ends up quitting. A man says a young woman was, “Raised by wolves.” A comment is made about a cat and that “She scratches people’s faces off.” A character blames another person for “Killing my career.” A reference is made to someone “creeping around like a thief.” A man says, “I haven’t seen so many shanks since I was in prison,” while playing a computerized golf game. A man asks, “Why the fi not.” A woman tells a man that their wedding is off.
 A rat shows a mouse an abandoned car suggesting that it can live there and we see the interior in tatters with a chalk outline of a rat on the upholstery. A cat tears the upholstery on a chair with its claws. A cat pretends to be blind and plays the keyboard in a park to collect money from passersby; after a mouse reveals the cat’s scheme people take their money back and call the cat a fraud. A large spider and webs are shown in the basement of a building. An imaginary cat resembling a devil and another resembling an angel appear and speak to a cat in a few scenes; one time the devil cat tells the cat to “smash that mouse.” A cat pulls open its chest and we see a strand of DNA swirling inside. A cat jumps in the air and intercepts a raw fish thrown by a fishmonger, swallowing it whole. A man tells a cat, “You smell like tuna and cheesy foot.” A dog flatulates loudly and we see a cloud as a man retches from the smell.

Tom and Jerry LANGUAGE 1

 – Name-calling (weird stuff, disgusting, sucker, vermin, punk, disaster, fat, sociopath, con artist, insane, disastrous, stupid, awkward, horrible), exclamations (whoops, boom, huh, oh my gosh, be the predator, oh wow, shut that, gosh, booyah, oh my days, are you kidding, yes, what’s the point then, oh no, phew, whoa, oh yeah, what a hoot, why the fi not), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Thank The Lord). | profanity glossary |

Tom and Jerry SUBSTANCE USE

 – People are shown holding glasses of champagne in a couple of scenes, people drink champagne at a reception, and a cat and a mouse drink sparkling cider.

Tom and Jerry DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Cats and mice, friendship, lying, pretending to be something you’re not, regret, gender bias, revenge, sabotage, PETA.

Tom and Jerry MESSAGE

 – Extravagant weddings allow too many things to go wrong, especially when Tom and Jerry are around.

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