Not suitable under 9, parental guidance 9 to 14 (Violence and sexual themes)
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|Children aged 8 and under||Not suitable due to violence and sexual themes.|
|Children aged 9–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and sexual themes.|
|Children over the age of 14||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Jumanji: The Next Level|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy violence, coarse language and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jumanji: The Next Level continues with the characters established in the previous instalment; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; where a group of teenagers were ‘sucked’ into a computer game and played as their chosen avatars to survive. Following this event, Spencer (Alex Wolff) has become bored with the real world and feels that he can’t live up to the prowess of his Jumanji avatar; Dr Bolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), particularly in order to maintain the affections of his girlfriend, Martha (Morgan Turner). Spencer then locates the partially damaged Jumanji game console and reinserts himself back into the game.
Worried about Spencer’s reclusive habits, his friends (and Jumanji confidants): Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain); Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Martha go to Spencer’s house. There, they are met with Spencer’s grandfather; Eddie (Danny Devito) and his friend; Milo (Danny Glover). Realising that Spencer has returned to Jumanji, the three friends decide to go in and save him. However, Eddie and Milo are also inadvertently sucked into the game as well. Although the same avatars exist in the game (Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon (Jack Black); Franklin "Mouse" Finbar (Kevin Hart); Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan); Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough (Nick Jonas) and Dr Bolder Bravestone), the dysfunctionality of the console has mixed up which real life person is playing as which character in the game. The team then must find Spencer, retrieve the Falcon Jewel from the antagonist Jurgen (Rory McCann) and show it to the sun in order to win the game and return to the real world.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Friendship, teamwork, self-esteem, believing in yourself, reconciliation, growing old gracefully.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There are frequent and (suddenly unexpected) violent scenes in this movie. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Jumanji: The Next Level is about overcoming negative perceptions and reconciling with yourself and others. The beginning of the movie presents Spencer as being depressed and isolating himself from others. This is due to the false belief that he doesn’t live up to the expectations of this girlfriend, Martha, who he coupled with whilst he was his avatar – Dr Bravestone – in the previous movie. When he reunites with Martha in the game, she communicates that this isn’t true at all and she still wants to be together with him. Similarly, Spencer’s Grandfather, Eddie, had a falling out with his close friend, Milo, years ago that was never resolved. Whilst in the game, they work out their differences and discover that the problems were trivial and not worth a lifetime of resentment. Suitable for families with older children.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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