Not recommended under 4, PG 4-8 (Violence)
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|Children under 4||May lack interest for children of this age. Also there are some violent and scary scenes.|
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|Name of movie:||Muppets, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Muppets tells the story of the well-known crew 30 years on from their days of fame and success. The story begins with Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) and his brother Gary (Jason Segal) who have been life long best friends and remain close even in their adulthood. On the eve of an anniversary trip to Los Angeles with his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), Gary surprises Walter with a ticket to join them so that he can fulfil his lifelong dream to see the home of the Muppets. When they arrive in LA the trio find the Muppet studio condemned and in disrepair.
A disappointed Walter continues with a tour through the studio and accidently overhears a conversation between the evil Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) and a group of evil muppets who have concocted a plan to buy and demolish the studio to drill for the oil that lies beneath it. Unless the Muppets can raise $10 million dollars by the end of the week the studio will sold to the evil group and the future of the Muppets destroyed for good.
Walter is devastated by what he has overheard and enlists the help of Mary and Gary to find the Muppets and encourage them to save the studio. When the trio find Kermit (voiced by Steve Whitmore) he suggests a reunion concert as the only way to raise the money in time, but he is a little concerned about whether the old crew can be reunited in time!
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.
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 frequent violence in this movie, mostly slapstick, which young children may imitate, including the following examples:
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.
No additional 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.
Nothing of concern
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
There is product placement in this movie, including:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Muppets is a generally family friendly movie about the well-loved Muppet crew who learn that despite their differences, they are still a family. Under 4s may find it rather scary and there is a lot of slapstick violence that under 8s may imitate.
The main messages from this movie are about family commitment, loyalty and being true to yourself.
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