Not recommended under 10. Parental guidance to 13. (Violence, Scary scenes, Adult themes).
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to violence and adult themes.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violent and disturbing themes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||A Dog’s Journey|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A Dog’s Journey is the sequel to the beloved 2017 film A Dog’s Purpose, both based on the bestselling books written by W. Bruce Cameron. The sequel is based on the many lives of Bailey the dog (voiced by Josh Gad), who is reincarnated again and again with the purpose of finding an owner to protect and love. The movie begins with Bailey living on a farm with his ‘boy’, Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). When Hannah’s son tragically dies his widow Gloria (Betty Gilpin) and their little daughter Clarity June “CJ” (Emma Volk) come to stay with them. CJ loves life on the farm and Ethan and Hannah adore her. However, grieving the loss of her husband, Gloria struggles to care for CJ and her insecurities and selfishness cast a shadow over their lives. Feeling as though Hannah is trying to take CJ away from her, in a fit of anger and grief Gloria suddenly decides to move away with CJ. Ethan and Hannah are devastated. Bailey feels their pain and soon after, as Bailey lays dying, Ethan asks him to come back to find CJ and protect her at all costs. This begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives as ‘Molly’, ‘Big dog’ and ‘Max’ in order to love, help and protect CJ. ‘Molly’ helps a lonely, 11-year old CJ (Abby Ryder Fortson) cope with her alcoholic, neglectful mother. Many years later in New York City, ‘Max’ again finds CJ (Kathryn Prescott) in need of love and companionship and reunites her with her childhood best friend, Trent (Henry Lau). Together they experience joy and heartbreak, music, love and laughter and finally returning home.
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.
Family breakdown; Death; Reincarnation; Alcohol dependence; Repeated death of dogs; Neglect; Domestic violence; Serious illness; 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.
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, 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.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen would be frightened by anything further in this movie.
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 in this movie, including:
Best suited to families with older children/teenagers, A Dog’s Journey is a feel-good, funny and emotional drama that tugs at the heartstrings. The movie touches on serious themes but also offers powerful messages about friendship and love.
The main messages from this movie are to learn to love without condition, that humans are always happier with companionship (be it human or canine), that we are not meant to go through this life alone and that we always end up where we are meant to be.
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.
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