(2017) (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Adventure: Four high school students find themselves in new avatar bodies when they accidentally are sent into a video game and must complete a challenging task before it's too late.
- Spencer Gilpin (ALEX WOLFF) is a geeky high school student who'd rather play video games than interact with others, although he's been bullied into writing papers for class jock Anthony 'Fridge' Johnson (SER'DARIUS BLAIN) so that the latter can remain on the football team. Martha Kaply (MORGAN TURNER) thinks anything sports or gym-related in high school is a waste of time that should otherwise be used for education, while Bethany Walker (MADISON ISEMAN) is more interested in looking good in person and in social media.
All four end up in detention where they come across on an old video game called Jumanji. When they activate it, they're magically sucked into the video game's jungle setting where they appear as physical avatars quite different than their normal selves. Spencer has become the tall and muscle-bound Dr. Smolder Bravestone (DWAYNE JOHNSON) while Fridge has turned into the diminutive Moose Finbar (KEVIN HART) who possesses neither speed or strength. Martha, on the other hand, has become Ruby Roundhouse (KAREN GILLAN) who's proficient at martial arts, while Bethany is horrified to discover she's become a middle-aged and overweight zoologist, Professor Shelly Oberon (JACK BLACK), who also just so happens to be a man.
Greeted by game moderator Nigel (RHYS DARBY), the four learn that they must find and return a large jewel to a towering jaguar statue to save Jumanji before time runs out. With the help of a neighbor who was sucked into the game two decades earlier, Alex (NICK JONAS), they set out to accomplish the task, but must contend with the villain who originally stole the jewel, Van Pelt (BOBBY CANNAVALE), who now controls all of the animals in the jungle.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The video game angle might be enticing to some, while fans of anyone in the cast might also be interested in seeing it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For adventure action, suggestive content and some language.
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