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Parental guidance under 8s (Viol. Themes)
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|Children under 8||Due to the level of violence and adult themes this movie is not recommended for children under 8.|
|Children aged 8-13||Should be okay to see this movie with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Should be okay to see this movie with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Are we there yet?|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Single mum Suzanne is bringing up her two children Kevin and Lindsay who live in hope that she will get back together again with their father. Consequently, they desperately try to sabotage any attempts Suzanne makes to meet a new man. Nick works in a toy store across the road from Suzanne and is attracted by her beauty. Nick is obsessed with his new four-wheel drive, loves gadgets and hates children. He does his best to impress Suzanne by pretending that he’s interested in Kevin and Lindsay, but they are definitely not going to make any attempt to like Nick.
Suzanne has to travel to Canada on business and has arranged for her former husband to bring the children. However when he declares he’s too sick to take the children, Nick reluctantly agrees to go with them. As it happens, they are refused entry in to the airport and miss the train so Nick and the children decide to drive to Canada. The trip turns out to be eventful in many ways and Suzanne is left to wonder whether her children will ever arrive.
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 a lot of violence in this movie all done for laughs with no one getting seriously hurt, such as the following:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Most of the material is not particularly scary except for 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 may also 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 would probably not be scared by this movie except for the deer attacking Nick and Kevin and Kevin having an asthma attack.
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 above thirteen are unlikely to be disturbed by scenes in this film.
None of concern.
There are a few sexual references:
None of concern.
None of concern.
There is occasional use of damn and bugger.
The take home messages from the movie is that children aren’t to blame for their parents’ separation and that people are more important than possessions.
The following themes and content could be used by parents to discuss with their children what their own family’s values are, and what the real life consequences can be of some actions and attitudes:
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