The best gauge for the success of a kids' movie lies with its audience. Are moms and dads laughing and singing along with their children? How long and frequent are the bathroom breaks? Is mom looking at her watch, wondering if the previews count as part of the running time? Are kids laughing or are they quieter than at nap time? Do the adults appreciate the subtle jokes doled out to them?

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie passes this test with flying colors, which I witnessed first hand on a recent weekday matinee. A mother sang along with the movie, while bouncing her son on her knee. The kids sitting behind me laughed like mad scientists. Meanwhile, the father in front of me lapped up the adult humor the movie offered.

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