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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- Is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” OK for Kids?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about four high-school students who get pulled into a video game, where they become their avatars. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black as game characters who must figure out clues and save the island, or possibly die in the process. Along the way, they meet Nick Jonas’ Seaplane McDonough, who has been trapped inside the game for twenty years.
Look, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is goofy and about as substantial as a handful of popcorn. It’s also surprisingly engaging and a load of fun. It’s hilarious watching these huge stars play their teen-aged counterparts, especially when Dwayne Johnson’s vulnerable nerd attempts his first kiss. Jack Black absolutely NAILS IT as the hot-chick, Bethany. The funniest part of the whole movie (in my mind, at least) is when Bethany has to figure out how to go to the bathroom.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is rated PG-13, which makes it a tough call for some parents. There is some profanity and potty humor, especially in regards to Bethany’s fascination with her “little guy.” Those jokes will probably sail over the heads of younger viewers (my 10-year-old didn’t seem to catch them) and teenagers will laugh extra loud at them. The violence in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle comes in the form of video game battles, so it’s essentially bloodless and never seems that threatening.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle offers some nice messages about acceptance and and the importance of reaching out to those who don’t normally run in our circles. There’s also an emphasis on the need to work together that would be beneficial to kids. Parents will have to decide if the positive messages override the potty-humor and profanity on an individual basis.
I personally enjoyed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle more than I expected to, even though there was none of the archived Robin Williams footage I’d heard rumors about. Don’t bother waiting through the credits for those! (B-)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is now in theaters and tickets can be found HERE.

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  1. No not appropriate for kids. My 8 year old was really uncomfortable with all the swearing. We ended up leaving the theater as Bethany was teaching the other girl how to be “flirt” I had my 12 year old daughter and that was too intense. Teaching her to bite her lip, stick out her butt, walk sexy and flip her hair. I thought it was funny but not a time to teach your girls to be slutty. There was one part where they need to touch their chest to find their power and weakness and one of the guys jumps at the idea and wants to touch one of the girls breast. They also spend way too much time with Bethany learning how to pee and talking about her penis. Lots of adult humor. I have kids 6, 8, 12 almost 13. The 6 yr old didn’t get the adult humor but the profanity did. My 8 year old kept looking at us every time they were swearing… by the 6th time he looked at my husband and i… we knew we had to go. This movie had potential to be a really good family movie and they ruined it! Can’t they leave all the swearing and sexual content out for once?!

    1. Awww, so sorry you had a bad experience Brenda! Did you read my Mommy Movie Review beforehand? I warned about the profanity and potty humor. I think that movie studios struggle to find a happy medium between “What teenagers want to see” and “What parents will allow younger kids to see.” They don’t always find a place to meet-in-the-middle, unfortunately.

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