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The Jungle Cruise | 2021 | PG-13 | – 1.6.1

content-ratingsWhy is “The Jungle Cruise” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of adventure violence.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kisses, several murders by stabbing and gunshot with little blood shown, many scenes of supernatural attacks on humans with men being swarmed by bees and snakes and lashed to walls and trees by vines before turning to stone, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Based on a Disneyland theme park ride: It is the early 1900s and an intrepid female researcher (Emily Blunt) gets no respect from England’s chauvinistic scientific authorities. Undeterred, she recruits her brother (Jack Whitehall), travels to South America, and enlists an Amazon captain (Dwayne Johnson) and his rickety boat to travel through the jungle searching for an ancient tree whose petals can cure all diseases. Also with Edgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti and Veronica Falcón. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:07]

The Jungle Cruise SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and a woman kiss and hold each other. A woman is trapped under a framework underwater and a man on the outside of the framework breathes air into her mouth a couple of times to keep her from drowning. A man and woman walk hand in hand.
 Several scenes show shirtless men and we see their bare shoulders, chests, backs and abdomens. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears an undergarment that reveals cleavage and when it becomes wet, it becomes more see through; she holds her hand over her buttocks when she walks away from a man. A man stares at a woman’s chest and at something that hangs around her neck.
 A man says that he was ostracized because of “who he loves” (implying he is not interested in women).

The Jungle Cruise VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man attacks several men slashing and stabbing them (we hear crunching but there is little blood shown) and a large crate falls on another man (he is presumably crushed). A man stabs another man, others attack him, and many fight: the man chases a woman and she hides in a jungle as her village is set ablaze by the attackers. A man stabs another man in the chest and we hear that this happens repeatedly. A woman is trapped under a framework underwater and a man on the outside of the framework breathes air into her mouth a couple of times to keep her from drowning; she falls still and seems to drown at one moment until the water drains from around her and she revives. Men with guns threaten a man and a woman and a gun is held to the man’s head. A man is shot twice and falls off a ledge, he slams into rocks as he falls and lands in water below.
 We hear about men having been cursed and we see vines and snakes wrapping several men up and pulling them into a jungle; a snake pushes out through a man’s face and slithers toward the screen, several men are wrapped with vines and pulled against trees where they seem to turn to stone. A few flashback scenes show conquistadors wearing armor and moving through a thick jungle; a couple of these scenes show a man being bitten by a snake, he slashes the snake in half with a sword and the man falls to the ground unconscious and awakens after having been treated for the snake bite by people in a jungle village. A man with snakes slithering all over him moves through a jungle and we see snakes burst out through his face; a woman is wrapped and held with vines from trees, as another man shoots several people with a bow and arrow. A man is shown swarmed with bees and dripping with honey (his face looks like it is partially made of honeycomb). A man kicks another man and his foot is shown passing through his body and out the back, and a woman punches a man seemingly made of honeycomb and with bees swarming around him. A woman is chased through a jungle by many slithering snakes and vines trying to grab her and she stabs a snake and cuts some of the vines with a sword. Several men fall into a deep hole in the ground where they are wrapped with vines and lashed to the wall, where they turn to stone. A woman pulls a heavy lever and a framework underwater moves and closes her in while a man outside the framework is swarmed by piranha fish and we see him later with tears in his shirt (no blood is shown). Several men fight with punching and kicking and one man draws a gun on another man until a jaguar tackles the man; a woman rides a cable into the air and jumps along the limbs of a giant tree until one limb that she clings to breaks and she hangs on while being threatened by a man with a gun, who is pulled in the tree by his feet and creatures attack him swarming him with bees and slithering snakes. A man on a boat is attacked and he slashes one attacker with a sword while others swarm him with bees, snakes, and vines and the man is stabbed in the chest and a snake wraps around his throat. A man is crushed under a stone pediment and several men are grabbed by vines, slammed around, dragged through a jungle, and pulled against a wall, where they turn to stone.
 A submarine surfaces and shoots at a boat and the boat loses power, the sub shoots torpedoes at the boat, the torpedoes cause an explosion that destroys a building, and the submarine crashes into a dock and several other boats destroying them as the first boat gets away. A man steers a boat through large rocks and rapids and toward a large waterfall throwing around a man and a woman onboard; he struggles to get the boat turned around before it goes over the falls and eventually does so. Three people are shot with tranquilizer darts and fall unconscious; they revive and we see them in boats being lifted out of the water with their hands bound and in front of a group of what we are told are headhunters (they have their faces and bodies painted and they wear animal skulls as masks). A woman punches a man in the face and a man then hits the man in the face. A man stabs himself in the chest and falls out of a tree; he falls a great distance crashing into limbs and rocks all the way down before falling into water (we assume the man is dead). A man and woman swing from a vine and cannot get onto a rooftop so they swing back to where they started. A man and woman in a small boat are lifted out of the water by a submarine as it surfaces. A man and a woman walk through dark passages and into an area where they decipher a map with clues and when they place an artifact, a tree comes to life with glowing petals.
 A boat barrels toward a large tree with pointed limbs nearly impaling passengers; the captain of the boat veers to avoid the tree at the last moment. A woman uses a spear to jump onto a tall library ladder and she slides along the rail, kicking men and slashing at them as she passes them and they fall to the floor; one man shoves the woman and the ladder breaks through a window hanging over the ledge and the street below with the woman hanging onto it until she eventually falls onto a passing open bus on the street below her (she is unharmed). A woman becomes upset when she sees monkeys and later birds in cages and a man says that the birds will be taken and stuffed, the woman is grabbed by a man and slammed into the cage with the birds, and she kicks the door open and several men are knocked down; she fights with several of the men, runs through a crowded market chased by them, one man drops a gun and it discharges (no one is shown injured), and another man fights several of the men punching, kicking, throwing them and one man is struck in the head with a heavy pot (no injuries are shown). A woman opens cages filled with monkeys and the animals run out and through a market where one monkey jumps on a man’s face and he spins around yelling. A woman slides along a rope over a river and slams hard onto a dock before jumping onto a boat on the water. A woman walks along exposed beams over a market and breaks through a roof falling to the ground and gasping. A man takes the engine out of a boat when the owner of the boat owes the first man money. A jaguar lumbers into a bar, snarls toward a steak that has fallen on the floor, lunges toward people in the bar and the animal and a man fight, wrestling and pretending that the animal bit the man on the arm. A man jumps into a river and a woman refuses to (we hear that she cannot swim). We hear that men were cursed and many are shown dying from something. A woman reluctantly climbs into water and a man helps her dive under the surface.
 A woman holds a handkerchief over a man’s nose and mouth and he falls unconscious (it’s possibly infused with chloroform). A man shoots a gun into a jungle where he has rigged animals and other things to move and create a scary setting for tourists on his boat; a hippo rises out of the water (it’s not real) and roars toward them and people blow darts from the shoreline toward the boat. A woman uses a crowbar to open a crate where an artifact is shown in a small box and she steals the artifact. A woman taps a man seated on a barstool on the shoulder and he falls to the floor (presumably passed out). A scorpion and a spider fight in a ring and men bet on the winner. A woman pounds on an office door and tries to pick the lock; a man inside opens the door and they talk. Two men argue while one of them throws several cases and trunks belonging to the other one into a river. A man shoots a gun into the air and a mouse falls on the deck of a boat, the man puts the mouse in the river and pulls a fishing basket up with several piranha in it; we see them flopping around and later on sticks after being cooked and people eat them (a man comments about the flavor being blood). A jaguar chases a man, knocks him down and licks his face. A man drips river water onto a man’s body wrapped with vines and lashed to a tree and a snake lunges out of the dead man’s face toward another man knocking him to the ground (possibly killing him). A boa constrictor slithers in a tree as a boat with tourists on board passes by; the captain threatens to feed a young girl to the snake when she won’t be quiet. A man detonates an explosive that diverts river water.
 A man talks about people wanting to “kill you and wear your eyes for beads.” A man talks about cannibals picking the meat from your fingers. A woman teases a man about having only lost two toes on an adventure with their father. A man describes two birds as beak wrestling when they snap their beaks together in a jungle setting. People gawk at a woman wearing pants in several scenes and a man calls her “Pants” to tease her about it. A jaguar roars at a man when it wants to play ball and the man won’t play. A man tells another man that after something that he did, the man is dead to a woman and says, “Dead as a dodo.” A woman tells a man, “I wouldn’t trust you as far as I could throw you.” We hear that a man’s young daughter was dying and that he would do anything to save her. A man says that he and other men were “cursed for all eternity.” A man asks for something and another man says, “You’re not worthy.” A man and woman argue and she screams when he tries to make her go swimming. A woman is scolded for being in a private room with documents and artifacts.
 A woman pulls a sword out of a man’s chest (we see it protruding out the back and he yells a few times as she starts to pull on it); she falls to the ground when it eventually comes out and we see her stitching up a cut in the man’s chest later. A man and a woman vomit and we see goo; a jaguar laps up a spilled bottle of wine and is shown drunk and vomiting later and we see goo. A man is shown with a bad sunburn on his face and he complains of the heat and that his eyes are boiling. A man says that he warmed up a river, implying that he urinated in it (we do not see the act). A man moans when applying face cream. A man smears his face with a red liquid that he is told is tattoo ink and he is unable to wash it off. A man tells a woman, “It looks like you wet your pants” (we see her pants wet, but it is not from urine).

The Jungle Cruise LANGUAGE 1

 – 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (hideous, pants, skippy, unreasonable, lady, buffoon, homicidal maniac, shape-shifter, silly, stupid, off-key, hairy murder cat, weird, difficult, booga-booga nonsense, disgusting, crazy, disaster, infuriating), exclamations (oh my gosh, oh my goodness, for goodness sake, oh gosh, no, oh no, good day, wow, what on Earth, leave me alone, a man blows a raspberry with his tongue, shove it up your association), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, God, Godforsaken, Thank God, Oh My God, For God’s Sake). | profanity glossary |

The Jungle Cruise SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman holds a handkerchief over a man’s nose and mouth and he falls unconscious (possibly infused with chloroform). A man drinks from a flask in a few scenes, a man drinks from bottles of liquor in a few scenes, a jaguar laps up a spilled bottle of wine and is shown drunk and vomiting later, and people drink in a bar scene.

The Jungle Cruise DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Legends, the Spanish conquistadors, death of a child, illness, desperation, obsession, judgment, choices, fear of swimming, curses, cure-alls, deceit, sexism, science, medical advancements, inspiration, scientific revolution.

The Jungle Cruise MESSAGE

 – Determination and the willingness to sacrifice for love can bring happiness.

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