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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence, themes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and themes|
|Children 8-12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and 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:||Aliens in the Attic|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence and themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Fifteen year old Tom Pearson’s (Carter Jenkins) life is not looking good. He is sick of being called a ‘brainiac’ and ‘mathlete’ and has spent the last term of school purposely failing his classes. He is being forced to go on a family vacation with his parents Stuart (Kevin Nealon) and Nina (Gillian Vigman), his older sister Bethany (Ashley Tisdale) and his little sister Hannah (Ashley Boettcher). They are going to an ancient lake house in the country where they will be joined by his Nana Rose (Doris Roberts) and Uncle Nate (Andy Richter), and his cousins Jake (Austin Butler) and Jake’s twin brothers Art (Henri Young) and Lee (Regan Young). Bethany’s smooth operating boyfriend Ricky (Robert Hoffman) arrives and gets himself invited to stay the night after arranging for his car to break down.
That night during a storm, four aliens arrive and start attacking the children. They learn that the aliens are after an extraterrestrial machine that is buried beneath the house and will stop at nothing to get it, as they are planning to invade the world and enslave the human race. The aliens use a mind controlling device to turn their victims into zombie-type aliens, the first victim being Ricky. In an effort to protect their parents, the kids decide to launch a war against the alien invaders to save themselves and all mankind.
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.
Alien invasion; sibling rivalry
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, some of which may be imitated by children. Examples include:
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared by some of 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.
Nothing of concern
None of concern
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:
and name calling such as:
Aliens in the Attic is an adventure comedy that will appeal to a wide range of children but is one that is better suited to teen audiences and anyone who enjoys mindless entertainment.
The main messages from this movie are to be true to yourself and not to judge people, (or even aliens), on first impressions alone.
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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