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PG under 8 years due to sexual references
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|Children under 8||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references|
|Children over the age of 8||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:||Alvin and the Chipmunks|
|Consumer advice lines:||none|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Alvin and the Chipmunks, directed by Tim Hill, is the story of three cheeky chipmunks (voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCarthy) who find their way to the city and into the home and heart of David Seville (Jason Lee) a struggling song writer. Once over the shock of finding out that the three chipmunks can not only talk but also sing, Dave makes a deal that they can stay with him if they agree to sing the songs that he has written. Alvin and Co. become an overnight success and attract the attentions of the wicked record-company manager ‘Uncle Ian’ (David Cross). ‘Uncle’ Ian manages to woo the three chipmunks away from Dave and into a world of fame, where Ian promises to make the chipmunks millionaire ‘rock stars’. Troubles arise however when the chipmunks begin to fatigue under the strenuous touring regime and yearn for the home comforts that Dave provided.
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.
Chipmunks (represented as children) having their needs ignored by the adults caring for them
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 little physical violence in the movie but children may be concerned when ‘Uncle’ Ian, the chipmunks manager becomes bullying towards the chipmunks, ignoring their pleas for a rest when they become fatigued on their music tour.
There is also some mild slapstick comedy and accidental harm, including a scene when Alvin, Simon and Theodore almost get run over by a trolley whilst negotiating a busy foyer.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group may be disturbed by the scenes mentioned above
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.
Younger children in this age group may be disturbed by the scenes mentioned above
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 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including suggestive song lyrics, not necessarily sung by the Chipmunks, for example:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There are some coarse language and a number of putdowns in this movie, including:
Alvin and the Chipmunks follows a trend of movie remakes from retro hits. The latest computer generated version of Alvin and his brothers may attract many parents and grandparents on the nostalgia value of the songs, cartoons and movies that they will remember from their own childhoods. For children unfamiliar with Alvin and the Chipmunks, this movie will introduce them to the hyper-energy and high-pitched singing for which the chipmunks were so well-known.
The main messages from this movie are that material wealth doesn’t bring happiness and that family, commitment and caring for those you love are important.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to the real-life consequences of fame.
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