Australian Council on Children and the Media

Around the World in 80 Days

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Not recommended under 6, PG under 13 (due to violence)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Around the World in 80 Days
  • a review of Around the World in 80 Days completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 August 2004.

Overall comments and recommendations

Chidlren under 6 Not recommended under 6 due to violence.
Children 6-12 Due to the level of violence, children under 12 may need parental guidance with this movie.
Children 13+ Children over13 should be okay to see this movie with or without parental guidance.

About the movie

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: Around the World in 80 Days
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Medium level violence, Low level coarse language
Length 120 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Set in 1890, Phileas Fogg is an eccentric inventor, scorned and derided by his contemporaries but undeterred nonetheless. When Lord Kelvin, Minister for Science and Head of the Royal Academy of Science, challenges him to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, Fogg accepts the wager. If he wins he will take Kelvin’s place at the Royal Academy and ten thousand pounds. However if he loses he must never enter the Royal Academy again. Fogg is not confident of his ability to do this but he is assisted by Lau Xing, alias Passepertout, a Chinese man masquerading as a French valet. Unbeknown to Fogg, however, is the fact that Passepertout is on the run from the British police having just robbed the Bank of England of a Jade Buddha, which had been taken from his home village in China and which he wants to return to its proper place. Passepertout sees travelling with Fogg as an opportunity to get the Buddha back to China.

The pair set out on what turns out to be a very adventurous trip. They are joined by Monique La Roche who also wants to see the world and have some fun along the way. They are often in peril as not only are the British Police, in the form of Inspector Fix, a bumbling, corrupt policeman being paid by Kelvin, chasing Lau Xing but also a female Chinese warlord who wants the Jade Buddha and the power it holds. She sends a team of Black Scorpions after Lau Xing to fetch the Buddha. The threesome eventually arrives in Lau Xing’s village after travelling through many countries by boat, air balloon and train and including rescuing Monique from the Turkish Prince who wants her to join his harem as wife number seven. Here Fogg is disappointed to learn of Lau Xing’s true identity and feels betrayed by him. After a final battle between the Black Scorpions and Lau Xing’s village fighters, Fogg sets off to finish the journey alone.

Themesinfo

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.

None of concern.

Use of violenceinfo

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 a lot of violence in this movie, mostly set in a comic context and none of it graphic. There are many Kung Fu fights and knife throwing, which are well staged and no-one gets seriously hurt.

Comic violence includes:

  • Passepertout is catapulted from a train track when it derails and the car he is in goes flying.
  • Inspector Fix is dragged along the ground and an engine falls on his head
  • A woman bites Passepertout and steals his bag
  • Passepertout slams into a large statue
  • Inspector Fix falls out of the train window
  • Inspector Fix gets his nose shut in a train door
  • Inspector Fix gets used as a battering ram

Other violence includes:

  • Passepertout throws objects at guards to prevent capture after robbing the bank
  • Knives are thrown at the Chinese warlord
  • Passepertout pours boiling water on Inspector Fix
  • Monique is attacked with knives
  • Attacker gets knocked out with a sextant
  • Large Chinese man attacks Passepertout with a ball and chain
  • Fogg gets punched in the face

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Children in this age group might be disturbed by the above-mentioned violence.
The Chinese female warlord is a bit scary looking with very long fingernails that are like knives, which may also disturb children.

Aged five to eightinfo

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.

Younger children in this age group might be disturbed by the above-mentioned violence.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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 over the age of eight are unlikely to be scared by this movie.

Over thirteeninfo

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 over the age of thirteen are unlikely to be scared by this movie.

Product placement

None of concern.

Sexual references

The only sexual reference is when the Turkish Prince takes a liking to Monique and wants her to be his number seven wife—he wants one for every day.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern.

Use of substances

There is some drinking of alcohol in this movie: on the train, in the Prince’s palace and in the Chinese village. Fogg drinks too much of a strong Chinese liquor and passes out.

Coarse language

There is one use of the word ‘bloody’.

In a nutshell

The take home message of this movie is to achieve one’s goals in life and not be deterred by scoffers.

Values parents may wish to encourage include:

  • determination
  • courage
  • loyalty
  • friendship
  • ingenuity

Values parents may wish to discourage include:

  • stealing
  • lying
  • violence as a way to solve conflict

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