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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence, Scary Scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended for children under the age of eight due to the nature and frequency of the violent scenes|
|Children aged 8-13||Could see this film with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Children over the age of thirteen could see this film 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Arthur and the Invisibles|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After a year at boarding school 10 year old Arthur (Freddie Highmore) is spending the summer with his grandmother (Mia Farrow) while his parents are busy working in the city. While disappointed that his parents haven’t taken a greater interest in him, Arthur loves hearing stories about his grandfather’s adventures in Africa. His grandfather (Ron Crawford) mysteriously disappeared four years earlier and Arthur enjoys poring over his journals and attempting to recreate his inventions.
Arthur is particularly fascinated by the story of the Minimoys, a civilization of people so tiny that they are considered invisible. The Minimoys had given Arthur’s grandfather an extremely valuable ruby which he was rumoured to have buried somewhere in the backyard.
With a money-hungry developer hounding his grandmother over her property, Arthur sets off to find the ruby. In the process he is shrunk down to microscopic size when he himself is transformed into a Minimoy. At the entrance to their Kingdom Arthur meets Betameche (Jimmy Fallon) and his older sister Princess Selenia (Madonna), both of whom will accompany him on his quest to find the ruby and save his grandfather, whom Arthur learns is being held prisoner by the evil wizard Maltazard (David Bowie).
The trio set out and face one obstacle after another but just when it seems that all hope is lost, Arthur comes up with a plan that may save them all.
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.
Missing relatives; Separation from a parent
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.
Children in this age group may also be scared or disturbed by the above mentioned scenes.
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.
Some children between the ages of eight to thirteen could be concerned 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.
It is unlikely that anything in this film would frighten children over the age of thirteen.
While there is no sexual activity in this film, Princess Selenia wears tight fitting pants and a tight-cropped shirt that shows a bit of cleavage and exposes her midriff.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Arthur and the Invisibles is an animated adventure featuring excellent graphics and special effects. While many younger children may want to see the film, it is definitely best suited to older children and adults.
The main messages from this movie are to have hope for the future, to have faith in your dreams and to believe in the unbelievable.
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 the importance of being open and honest and telling people where you are going and what you are doing so that others don’t worry about you in your absence.
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