Not suitable under 13, PG to 15 (Violence, Disturbing scenes, Themes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.|
|Children 13-15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.|
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:||Amazing Spider-Man, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is a teenager enrolled in Midtown Science High School. Since the death of his parents in a plane crash, Peter has been brought up by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Peter has a huge crush on classmate Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
Peter has a number of unanswered questions relating to his parents’ death, and while searching his uncle’s attic, discovers secret research files together with a photograph of his father’s partner Dr Curt Conner (Rhys Ifans) hidden in an old briefcase. The files and photograph lead Peter to the pharmaceutical company Oscorp.
After bluffing his way into the Oscorp building and a
meeting with Dr Conner, Peter ends up in a laboratory filled with genetically
modified spiders and is bitten. On the way home, Peter suddenly begins to
developed spider-like superpowers - he is faster, stronger, more agile and able
to climb walls like a spider. Peter begins to work onthese new-found powers,
but tragedy strikes when Peter’s Uncle Ben is shot and killed by a thief.
Meanwhile back at Oscorp, Dr Conner, an amputee,has been busy making a serum which he hopes will enable the human body to heal itself of any illness and even regenerate new limbs. As a result of pressure from his employer to test his serum, Dr Conner injects himself and things quickly go wrong. Conner mutates into a giant Lizard-Man and goes on a rampage, causing mayhem and destruction through busy city streets.Peter/Spider-Man now risks all in a quest to stop the Lizard-Man.
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.
Superpowers; genetic mutation; revenge
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.
The Amazing Spider-Man contains highly stylised superhero action violence (at times brutal), some depiction of blood and gore and some schoolyard bullying. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is also a lot of associated Spider-Man merchandise.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
several scenes of Peter flirting with Gwen
Gwen sends her father away by suggesting that she is behaving in an irrational manner because of her period - mentioning “cramps, lots of blood and vomiting.”
The film contains some partial nudity and sexual activity, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some occasional low-level coarse language, name calling and putdowns. Examples include:
The Amazing Spider-Man, based upon Marvel comic book characters, is superhero action adventure suited to an older adolescent and adult audience. The film is emotionally intense with violent and disturbing scenes that make it unsuitable for younger children who might be attracted by the Spider-Man character who they have seen as a toy or fancy dress costume.
The main messages from this movie are:
Those who have great talents have a responsibility to use them to help others.
Keeping secrets often comes at a cost.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Responsibility: Peter’s Uncle Ben attempts to make Peter responsible for the consequences of his actions and Peter learns that responsibility means fixing problems that are a result of his actions.
Selflessness, compassion and empathy as demonstrated by Peter when he rescues a young boy from a burning car.
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