Adventure


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Adventure
Runtime:
119 mins
Stars:
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas
Director:
Jake Kasdan
Producer:
Ted Field, William Teitler, Matt Tolmach, Mike Weber

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

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
×
3
Language

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
×
3
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
×
1
Drugs

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
2:
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
×
0

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
×

Sex


sexual jokes and innuendo

Language


“sh**”; “omg”; “a**”; “b****”; several moments of suggestive language

Violence


cartoonish action and adventure violence

Drugs


characters are seen trying alcohol for the first time

Nudity


No Information

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.


Movie Message

Cue the catchy drum beat because the classic game is back, but this time with a modern twist. With a nod to the original, the movie opens with Jumanji being unearthed from its forgotten place, buried in the sand. In order to ensnare the teenage mind of 1996, the board game, Jumanji, transforms itself into a video game cartridge, then is lost from memory until modern day.

 

The story picks up following the very different lives of four different teenagers who have all found themselves in detention. In a scene which makes anyone born before the year 2000 feel very old, they agree to play the game and are immediately sucked into the virtual world of Jumanji. There they discover that their bodies have been traded in for the game’s avatars and cannot escape Jumanji’s jungle unless they beat the game.

 

From beginning to end, the movie seeks to achieve one goal: make you laugh. Whether it’s a nerd discovering himself assuming the monstrous body of Dwayne Johnson, the teenage beauty lamenting the fact that she’s been given the body of Jack Black, or Kevin Hart’s dramatic and self-deprecating humor, the movie is loaded with moments to widen your eyes, drop your jaws, and keep you laughing the whole way through. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle does itself a favor by remaking the original in its title only. Director Jake Kasdan made the right decision when he decided to tell an entirely different story. Unlike the original, this film comedically critiques video game culture which is sure to make anyone who has played a game or two laugh out loud while also exploiting the humorous gold mine that is the angst of the modern teenager when placed in dangerous and adventurous situations. Like I said, from beginning to end, this movie will keep you laughing.

 

However, the laughs might feel like a moral compromise for some because of where the humor is sourced. Here’s where Dove comes in. Though we can attest to an all-around playful vibe of the movie, it’s important to our audience that we are clear to note that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle does not get Dove’s Seal of Approval, and if you’re concerned about content at all for your family, it’s best to stay home on this one. If, however, you’re wanting to risk it, here’s what you can expect.

 

Language plays a significant role in the comedic delivery of this film. This is Kevin Hart’s specialty, and though the film only earns a PG-13 rating, it does exceed Dove’s limit for language. The other strikes against Jumanji come from their usage of sexual humor. Though the sexualization of the primary female character in the film is itself a comedic critique of the sexualization of female characters in video games, she is nevertheless the subject of several moments of crass joking. Furthermore, since the film is about teenagers taking the forms of new bodies (some of the opposite sex), one can guess the sort of humor that would ensue as they explore their new bodies.

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