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Not recommended under 8; parental guidance to 12 (scary scenes, supernatural themes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to scary scenes and supernatural themes|
|Children 8-12||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and supernatural themes|
|Children 13 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||A Christmas Carol|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the classic tale by Charles Dickens about Ebenezer Scrooge (voice of Jim Carrey), a hardened, miserly old man who doesn’t want anything to do with Christmas. However, one Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by three ghosts, the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas yet to come. This has a dramatic effect on Scrooge who becomes a changed man in one night.
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 some 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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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.
Children in this age group may also 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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, such as "bugger".
A Christmas Carol contains amazing graphics which, combined with the 3D technology, make the animation appear very realistic and thus more intense. There are some lighter moments however to break the tension.
The main messages from this movie are to love your fellow man, not just at Christmas but throughout the year, and to be generous and kind spirited.
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 the consequences of living a mean spirited, selfish life.
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