Not recommended under 12, parental guidance recommended 12 to 14, due to violent and scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language.
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violent and scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language.|
|Children aged 12 to 14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and sexual references.|
|Viewers aged 14 and over||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: Welcome to the jungle|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy violence, sexual references and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film’s opening scene is set in the year 1996. After being given a strange old board game called Jumanji, a video game playing teen Alex (Nick Jonas) complains that nobody plays board games any more, at which point the board game magically transforms into a Jumanji video game. When Alex turns on the game, strange green light emanates from the house and the scene ends: we hear later that Alex disappeared that night, never to be seen again.
The film jumps forward to the present day where the film focuses on four high school students who have received detention for varying offenses. Bethany (Madison Iseman) is the self-absorbed ‘most popular girl at school’, Spencer (Alex Wolff) is the school nerd, Fridge (Ser’ Darius Blain), is the school football star, and the fourth student is the reserved Martha (Morgan Turner). As part of their detention the four are sent to a deserted room and instructed to clean it. While cleaning the room Spencer and Fridge discover an old Jumanji computer game in a donations box and convince Bethany and Martha to take part in the game. The game is turned on with each of the players choosing an avatar to represent them in the game. Once the last avatar is chosen green light bursts out of the console and the four players are vaporised, and sucked into the console and the gaming land of Jumanji.
Spencer is transformed into the muscle bound hero, archaeologist Smoulder Bravestone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Fridge become Bravestone’s comical side-kick Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart), Martha is the “man-killer” Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) while Bethany has a gender change to become cartographer Professor Shelly Overton (Jack Black). Each player is given special abilities and weaknesses and three lives, the loss of which in the game results in them dying in the real world. To leave the game and return to the real world the players must work together to complete sets of tasks and defeat their nemesis Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale).
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.
Video gaming; relationships; social media
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.
The film contains extended sequences of videogame-like violence, including some gun related violence. In several cases, the characters die violent deaths and are then brought back to life, which lessens the impact on older viewers, but not on young children. Minimal blood and gore are depicted. 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.
Children is this age group are also likely to be scared by the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Children in this age group may also be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
Brand named cars, appliances, phones and social media
The film contains suggestive sexual inference and innuendo scattered throughout. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle is a fantasy action adventure film targeting teens, younger adults and fans of the first Jumanji film. The plot is predictable and the film relies somewhat on sexual humour and innuendo for laughs. It also has some scary and violent scenes which are likely to disturb younger children, so is not recommended for children under 12 and parental guidance is recommended for 12 to 14 year olds.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to discuss the types of messages that may be sent as a result of the use of flirting strategies suggested in the film and the dangers that such strategies may attract.
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