Is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Appropriate for Christians? 

Hey friends! Thank you for the responses I received on my last post; I really appreciate being given feedback for what you’d like to read about!

A couple people asked me to talk about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Movie/media posts are most likely my favorite to write, so I was happy to oblige!

“Four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of. When they decide to play, they are immediately sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji in the bodies of their avatars (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan). They’ll have to complete the adventure of their lives filled with fun, thrills and danger or be stuck in the game forever!” -Sony Pictures

Sounds like an interesting movie, right? I’m a fan of the original Jumanji with Robin Williams, and I was curious when I heard about a new one coming out!

I was a little disappointed.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is rated PG-13 for action adventure, suggestive content, and some language. Plugged In says:

“The problem is that while trying to craft something for your typical 13-year-old’s enjoyment, the new Jumanji writing team dumbed things down, and sexed things up, a little too much.”

Let’s talk about content covered in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

I really don’t understand how this movie is approved for 13-year-olds. Lots of language, profanity, immodesty, inappropriate jokes, and innuendos are present in this film.

The four kids are sucked into their games and given avatars, right? Well, a little gender confusion takes place when Bethany (the teen in the real world) is placed in the body of a man (Sheldon, portrayed by Jack Black) in the video game.

Maybe for a bit of humor, yes, but Bethany/Sheldon is still supposed to be quite female underneath the masculine exterior of her game avatar. You can’t say this isn’t pushing an agenda.

Plus, well, I’m not going to go into it, but the whole gender-bending situation is very distasteful at best.

Martha’s avatar, Lara Croft, is pretty scantily dressed and this draws attention from the boys in the group. The girls in return ogle the men. (Including Bethany in Sheldon’s body.)

God’s name is taken in vain over 15 times. Other curse words are said a total of 20+ times.

The characters drink margaritas, one of them “getting a little tipsy.”

Bethany (in the real world) also explains that posting seductive selfies is what keeps her relationship going.

All in all, I would not recommend watching this movie. 

There are a lot of different movie options that are worth your while. I wouldn’t waste your time on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


33 thoughts on “Is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Appropriate for Christians? 

  1. I watched the old one right as this one came to theaters, and enjoyed it; but I definitely won’t watch this one after reading this.


  2. Thanks for your warning. I usually watch movies on avid Angel which is amazing, cuts out all swearing, and inappropriate content. This movie intrigued me but really?! Give it up! Shall I quote Genesis? Guys are guys and girls are girls. God created them who they are.

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    1. That kind of stuff really does ruin the quality of the movie. I know Hollywood is pretty raunchy as a whole, but it really lacks dignity and maturity to make a movie with so much filth. Where is the integrity and self-respect?
      Thanks for commenting and have a blessed day!

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  3. Ewww that’s disgusting. Thanks for posting this Melani, and continue to post. I had a question, to ask you, however. What was your opinion on The Greatest Showman? Did you see it? Do you think its appropriate for other Christians to see, going forward? I mean I saw it and loved it and bought it, but what are your thoughts? Since you seem so knowledgeable.

    (I looked up DocMcStuffins earlier yesterday. Can’t wait for your review!)

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    1. Hi Zella! I haven’t seen The Greatest Showman, actually. There were a couple little things that threw up a warning flag in my family, and I honestly haven’t really researched it at all. I can consider writing a post about it!

      I’ll get on that Doc Mcstuffins post soon! I might write a post or two on a different topic for a little variety, instead of just doing review after review. But then again, I can keep up the trend for a little while longer if that’s what you guys want to see!

      Have a great day!

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  4. My friend watched this I think. She said that one of the girls was really inappropriate, but besides that, she liked it. She is a Christian. She is not even aloud to watch Star Wars (Which I have no idea why, because Star Wars is awesome), so why would she be allowed to watch this? Great post! This post makes my decision if I am going to watch that movie or not. I am not going to watch it.


    1. Thanks for sharing, Kaylyn Grace! I’m not sure why your friend was allowed to watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. I guess I’m confused with you on that one!
      Have a great day!

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  5. Thanks for this post, Melani! I was actually really excited when I heard they were making a new one… I love the old one with Robin Williams, so I was like “Yay!” But all the reviews I’ve heard from friends/internet/family etc say it’s not that great…. to bad. 😦


  6. Melani, great article! I was excited when I saw they were making a new Jumanji, as the original was greatly enjoyed during my childhood. My dad, sis, and I went to see it in the theater, and while it was funny and enjoyable at times, the over-the-top inappropriateness ruined the entire experience for us. It’s so sad that such wild ugliness is so sought after by the world. This is a movie I won’t be adding to my collection.


    1. Thank you, Andrea! It’s really ridiculous all the junk they decided to add to the movie. What’s the purpose, honestly? Pleasing perverted minds? XD Argh, it’s so discouraging!
      Have a blessed day!

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      1. “Pleasing perverted minds” pretty much sums up a ton of what’s in the world right now. Very well stated. I’m glad we’re standing strong against that sort of thing. High five!

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  7. Yep, this sounds exactly like the movie. We watched it in the theater, because we watched the first one and wanted to see how this one played into it, and it was very different than I though it would be. I wouldn’t recommend it either.


  8. It’s so sad how much “stuff” they put in movies… It’s really awful that they pollute some perfectly good movies with stuff like this. Thank you for your review, this is why it’s always good to look up reviews before watching something.


  9. I’ve watched this movie and enjoyed it, but all those things that you mentioned I wasn’t comfortable with, and definitely not appropriate for even 13 year olds. :/


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