Not recommended under 10, Parental guidance to 13. (Violence, Scary scenes and Adult themes).
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|Children under 10||Not recommended|
|Children aged 10 - 13||Parental Guidance recommended|
|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.
|Name of movie:||A Dog’s Purpose|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A Dog’s Purpose is the story of a dog (Voice of Josh Gad) who is reincarnated into a different life every time he dies. The film spans many decades and follows four of the dog’s ‘lives’ from birth through to death. It is narrated throughout by the dog. In its second life, the dog is a red retriever that belongs to a little boy called Ethan (KJ Apa). They become true friends and we see the two grow up together. In its third life, the dog is reincarnated as a police dog who must help a lonely officer (John Ortiz) to solve crimes. In its fourth life, the dog comes back as a corgi belonging to lonely college student ‘Maya’ (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) helping her to find romance and live a full and happy life. The dog’s fifth life starts roughly but takes a surprising turn!
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; domestic violence; alcoholism; death; animal neglect; romance; kidnapping; reincarnation.
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.
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.
There are some romantic and 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 mild coarse language and toilet humour in this movie, including:
A Dog’s Purpose is a heart-warming, funny and very emotional drama aimed towards older children and young teens. It touches on many serious themes without being too confronting. It is funny and has lots of powerful messages about friendship and love. It is a good film for dog lovers.
The main message from this movie is that the love and devotion of a pet is forever.
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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