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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle-Kids’ Movie Review

“Welcome to detention and think about who you are and what you want to be.” That’s what four high school teens heard when they’re sent to the principal’s office for detention. All on the same day but all for different reasons. There’s Bethany, the self-absorbed popular girl; Martha, the bookish smart girl; Spencer, the nerdy boy; and Anthony (a.k.a Fridge) the football stud. While in detention the two boys discover the Jumanji game and convince the girls to play. After they choose their avatar they are pulled into the game and living in the jungle. In the game, each teen has a specific strength which they will eventually use to get out of the game, and save Jumanji from an evil villain. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an updated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book, however this time the board game magically turns into a video game.

 

 

Jumanji- Welcome to the jungleRating: 3.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
December 20, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
10+
Sexual Content:
Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Moderate
Crude or Profane Language:
Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • One of the female teens is in a male avatar for most of the movie. There’s discussion on what it’s like for her to have a penis. There’s even reference to an erection.
  • One of the teen girls instructs the other girl on how to flirt and use her sexuality.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • Since Jumanji is set in an action game, there is a of violence. There are many explosive scenes, shooting, and several battles throughout the film.
  • A character is trampled by rhinos, another one is bitten by a snake and then disappears, and a someone is mauled by a jaguar.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” “a–,” “d–n,”  “b–ch,” and “h-ll.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • In one scene the teens (as their adult avatars) all drink margaritas. One of the teens has several glasses and proceeds to get tipsy. The others spit it out.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is a fun, entertaining film. Parents need to be aware of the moderate violence, sexual and profane language.

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