Not recommended under 5, parental guidance recommended to 10 (scenes that might scare very young children, sexual references, some coarse language and use of substances)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to some scary scenes and coarse language|
|Children 5-10||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references, some coarse language and use of substances|
|Children 10 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:||Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Day|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
On the night before Alexander Cooper’s (played by Ed Oxenbould) 12th birthday he makes a wish that his family would have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day so he can make them understand how he feels when he has a bad day.
The next day, the Cooper family’s important plans continually turn into chaos. Alexander’s older brother Anthony (Dylan Minnette) is trying to get his driver’s licence. His sister Emily (Kerris Dorsey) is preparing for the opening night of her school play. Alexander’s mother (Jennifer Garner) has an important day at work and his father (Steve Carell) has a job interview. But because of Alexander’s wish the whole family’s plans go awry.
The members of the Cooper family must learn how to appreciate each other and work together to get through this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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.
Unemployment; Family relationships; Cyberbullying
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 is no physical violence between the people but some cyberbullying, arguments and accidental harm. A kangaroo punches Alexander’s father and a crocodile snaps its jaws at the family
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 in this age group may also be scared or disturbed 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.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
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.
Nothing of concern
Products displayed or used in this movie include:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language that might be imitated by children, including:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fun comedy based on the book by the same name. The film is ideal for children over the age of 10. There are some scenes that might scare children under five and, because of coarse language that children may imitate, sexual references and substance use, parental guidance is recommended for the 5-10 age group.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
The scene where someone at Alexander’s school sends a cruel, although supposedly funny, altered picture of him to everyone at school could also give parents the opportunity to discuss cyberbullying and its consequences.
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
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