Kid friendly? A freaking little kid got chewed up nicely in the first sequel. Half the people on the bad guys hunting party got either eaten up by the T-Rexes or feasted on by the Raptors. Then we have the grisly death of that West Wing dude and the main bad guy. Nasty stuff.
God that movie had some great gore.
Jurassic Park was a phenomenon because although it was a horror/suspense film, kids loved
it. The sequels were made with that in mind. The story in both The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III was extremely dumbed down. They gutted all the high concept ideas in favor of flashier action sequences. Instead of questions about the ethics behind the science or the impact reintroducing these creatures would have on the enviroment, we are given scenes with the Tyrannosaurus drinking out of a swimming pool and eating a kid's dog.
Besides, I didn't say they were
kid friendly, just that the studio attempted to make them more too kid friendly. Like I said, kids LOVED the first movie. They needed to sell toys, so instead of going in the direction that Michael Crichton mapped out in his books, the studio came up with this silly idea about opening up a second park in San Diego, so they could have a "cool" action sequence with the T-Rex. Jurassic Park III even featured a kid who has capable of surviving on a island full of dinosaurs by himself, hell, he even rescued
Alan Grant at one point in time during the movie! If your kid could sit through Jurassic Park, they would have no problem sitting through either of the sequels.