"JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE" is an updated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's picture book, this time turning the life-changing board game into a video game. The movie opens in 1996, when a teenager's father gives him the Jumanji board game. When he bemoans aloud that nobody plays with board games anymore, it magically transforms into a video game, which he gets sucked into. Fast-forward to the present, and four high schoolers are sent to detention on the same day: self-absorbed "hot popular girl" Bethany (Madison Iseman), bookish Martha (Morgan Turner), nerdy Spencer (Alex Wolff), and his childhood friend turned football star Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain). While serving detention, Fridge and Spencer find the Jumanji game in an old donation box and convince the girls to play. After they each choose an avatar, they're immediately pulled into the game, where Spencer is transformed into superhero-sized archeologist Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), Fridge is Bravestone's diminutive sidekick zoologist Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart), Martha is "killer of men" vixen Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), and Bethany is cartographer Professor Shelly Overton (Jack Black). To get out of the game, the foursome must work together to save Jumanji from the control of the evil Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale) -- before any of them lose all of their three assigned lives."
Run time: 119 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13
MPAA explanation: adventure action, suggestive content and some language
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