Not recommended under 5, PG to 10 (Violence, Scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 5-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged over 10||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:||Furry Vengeance|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild comedic violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Furry Vengeance is a children’s comedy directed by Roger Kimble. The film follows the story of Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser), who moves his family from Chicago to the remote Oregon town of Rocky Springs for a year, while he manages a property development project for Leyman Enterprises. Although Sanders considers this position an opportunity to improve the family’s financial security, his wife, Tammy (Brooke Shields) and son, Tyler (Matt Prokop) feel isolated and unhappy in their new surroundings. It also soon becomes apparent that Neil Leyman (Ken Jeong) is a tyrannical and unethical boss, with no qualms about destroying native environments for profit, despite the supposedly “green” nature of his company.
As Dan focuses on meeting Mr. Leyman’s escalating demands, Tammy and Tyler become increasingly dissatisfied with their lives in Rocky Springs. Another emerging problem is that the local forest animals have begun acting together to fight the land development that will destroy their homes. They devise countless ways to sabotage the project and make Dan’s life miserable. As Dan becomes increasingly disturbed by the animals’ cunning and often malicious actions, his family and work crew begin wondering if he has developed psychological problems. The situation escalates until Dan is forced to re-evaluate his current priorities and ultimate life goals.
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.
This film involves the themes of loneliness, isolation and relationship breakdown. In addition, although intended to be comedic, there are several references to war and recurring negative references to mental illness and dementia.
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 great deal of physical and verbal violence in this movie including:
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:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared by some of the above mentioned scenes
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 in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
Some products are used in this movie, such as Apple computers. In addition, there is a brief musical reference to the Mission Impossible theme. There is also mention of Bruce Lee and Hannah Montana, and fleeting visual references to films such as The Blue Lagoon, Grease, Braveheart and Risky Business.
There are some mild sexual references in this movie, including:
There are no direct depictions of nudity or sexual activity in this movie, however, there are some mild scenes where:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mildly coarse, threatening and discriminatory language in this movie, including:
Furry Vengeance is a comedy containing some clever animation but with little humour for older audiences. Most of the intended laughs revolve around people and animals intentionally injuring one another or animal poo/urine jokes. While children will find some of these incidents funny, adults may become frustrated with the film’s lack of substance. Further, the continual depiction of animals as calculating, almost sadistic creatures is a little unsettling. The focus on revenge through aggressive action also establishes a confusing sub-text, which muddies the films’ intended message that success cannot be gained through selfish deeds.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age