Family


An Elephant’s Journey


MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Genre:
Family
Runtime:
90 mins
Stars:
Elizabeth Hurley, Sam Ashe Arnold, Tertius Meintjes, Hlomla Dandala, Louis Minaar
Director:
Richard Boddington
Producer:
Richard Boddington, Jesse Ikeman, Greig Buckle, David Kim, Pierre-Andre Rochat

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
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rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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1
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
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Sex


No Information

Language


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Violence


boy spends some of the film in peril; image of a dead elephant; guns seen onscreen and threaten characters

Drugs


No Information

Nudity


No Information

Other


mature theme of poaching



Synopsis

A lost orphan boy and his giant elephant team up to take down an elephant poaching syndicate in Africa.


Movie Message

Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure rises to the challenge of creating a film that belongs to families while never lessening on relevant, critical issues. Our hero Phoenix (Sam Ashe Arnold), an orphan, goes missing from his new family shortly after his exciting move to Africa by accident, but finds a friend in an elephant. Together, they become entangled with a group of poachers, and Phoenix now wants to help protect the other elephants in danger.



The film, which takes on the subject of poaching very appropriately, recognizes its saints by showing how anyone - even a young boy - can, and should, stand up for what they believe in. By stumbling on this journey and meeting and finding understanding in the elephant, Phoenix's mission is clear: to halt any poaching, and save the elephant's family.



In the film, the elephant is treated almost as a surrogate father figure for Phoenix, Their relationship is beautifully and empathetically understood, forming another strong thesis for the film: to care for others at all times. Elevated by a lovely score and rich, warm cinematography, Phoenix Wilder takes its audiences seriously. Writer-director Richard Boddington is brave enough to take on critical worldly issues and translate them in a way that is family-friendly and altogether wonderful.



Dove is proud to award Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure with approval for Ages 12+.

For All Ages

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