Not recommended under 8; parental guidance recommended 8-10 (Violence; Scary scenes and characters)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence, and scary scenes and characters|
|Children 8-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, and scary scenes and characters|
|Children aged 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:||Hotel Transylvania 2|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence and some scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In the first Hotel Transylvania film, a young human called Jonathan (Andy Samberg) stayed at a hotel for monsters owned by Dracula (Adam Sandler) and fell in love with Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). In Hotel Transylvania 2, Mavis marries Jonathan and gives birth to a beautiful, and to all appearances perfectly normal, human baby boy whom they name Dennis (Asher Blikoff).
As Dennis grows and approaches his fifth birthday, Mavis becomes concerned about Dennis being human while grandpa Drac becomes more and more anxious about Dennis not having shown any signs of becoming a vampire; usually vampire children get their fangs and are able to fly by the age of five.
Mavis believes that a hotel full of monsters is not a safe place for her young human son to grow up in and wants to move. In preparation for the move, Mavis and Jonathan travel to California to visit Jonathan’s parents and check out the neighbourhood, while young Dennis is left in the care of grandpa Drac and his four friends, Frank/Frankenstein’s monster (Kevin James), Wayne/The Wolfman (Steve Buscemi), Murry/The Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), and Griffin/The Invisible Man (David Spade).
Drac believes that with the right motivation and tutelage Dennis will grow his fangs and, with Mavis out of the way, takes matters into his own hands. Drac and his pals take Dennis on a road trip to Monster Summer Cap where Drac himself learned to be a monster when he was a young boy. Unfortunately for Drac, Mavis finds out and rescues her son, taking him back to Hotel Transylvania and telling her father that she will be leaving with Dennis after his fifth birthday.
On the day of Dennis’ birthday, all the relatives arrive at the hotel to celebrate. Dracula’s father Vlad (Mel Brooks), who has a strong hatred for anyone human, reacts strongly to the discovery that his great-grandson and in-laws are human and this has unexpected results.
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.
The supernatural; vampires; discrimination; family relationships
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.
Hotel Transylvania 2 contains animated slapstick violence and accidental harm throughout. Some scenes depict menace, threats of more serious violence and acts of violence towards children. Examples include:
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 many scenes and characters 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 are also likely to be 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.
Some younger children in this age group may also be disturbed 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.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language and name-calling in this movie, including:
There is also some toilet humour involving urination and an incident with a damaged toilet.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is an animated comedy targeting older children and adolescents. The film is well suited to older children with lots of humour related to horror movie characters and parenting styles, and plenty of slapstick comedy. There are, however, a number of scenes and characters which are likely to scare children under eight, including scary monsters and harm to children, so the film is not recommended for this age group and parental guidance is recommended for slightly older children.
The main message from this movie is that you cannot make someone into something they are not. The film also includes positive messages about families, friendships, diversity and acceptance.
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