Not recommended under 12; parental guidance for 12 and 13-year-olds due to violence, crude humour and coarse language.
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violence, crude humour and coarse language|
|Children aged 12 and 13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, crude humour and coarse language|
|Children 14 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:||Pixels|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In 1982, 13 year-old Sam Brenner (Anthony Ippolito), brilliant at playing PacMan, heads to the National Arcade Game Championships with his best friend William Cooper (Jared Riley) to take on the best. There they meet the weird but brilliant Ludlow, the Wonder Kid (Jacob Shinder). However, it is Sam who gets through to the last round and has to play Eddie the Fire Blaster (Andrew Bambridge). Sam loses to Eddie who doesn’t let him forget. The Championships are filmed and sent into space in a time capsule by NASA in an attempt to extend friendship and show American culture to extra-terrestrial life.
The scene skips to the present day where Sam (Adam Sandler) is a TV/software technician, Cooper (Kevin James) is the President of the USA and Ludlow (Josh Gad) is still an oddball. Sam is installing a new TV at the home of Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan) who is in the process of a divorce, when he is summoned to the White House by Cooper.
Sam is surprised to find Violet there also, but then discovers she is a Lieutenant Colonel in the army. An American army base in Guam has been attacked by aliens and many have been killed. It appears that the message sent out into space thirty years ago was misinterpreted as a challenge to war. The Aliens are attacking Earth using Arcade Game Technology and Earth is given three lives. It’s up to Sam, Ludlow and Eddie (Peter Dinklage), whom they have to get out of jail, to save the world.
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.
Intergalactic war; computer games
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 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 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.
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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
Younger children in this age group could also be scared by some of the above content
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is quite a lot of drinking by main characters throughout the movie. Violet drinks in her closet, Sam drinks wine out of a bottle and Cooper drinks beer from a jug.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Pixels is a comic science fiction movie mostly aimed at teens, but with appeal to adult fans of 1980s games. It features a mixture of animation and actual actors. There is frequent violence which is likely to have a stronger impact on children in the 3D version. Many parents of younger children are also likely to be concerned about the film’s crude humour and coarse language. It is therefore not recommended for children under 12, with parental guidance recommended for the 12 and 13-year-olds.
The main message from this movie is that ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they need to.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss:
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