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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!