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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 9 (violence, scary scene, themes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to violence, a scary scene and themes.|
|Children aged 5–9||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and themes.|
|Children over the age of 9||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:||Bad Guys, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, animated violence and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Wolves have always been given a bad rap. They are the villains in every story and Wolf (voice of Sam Rockwell) is seen as no exception. Why be good when everyone always sees you as bad? Together with his friends: Snake (voice of Marc Maron), Shark (voice of Craig Robinson), Piranha (voice of Anthony Ramos), and Miss Tarantula (voice of Awkwafina) they make a highly skilled and successful team responsible for countless robberies and notorious thefts. Believing that they are invincible and wanting to show the new Mayor Diane Foxington (voice of Zazie Beetz) that they are not insecure and unhappy like she describes them in a news broadcast, they set about attempting to steal a highly coveted golden trophy that has never been stolen before. Caught in the act and unable to escape, the friends are offered the chance to take part in a social experiment run by the highly honoured, good Samaritan, Professor Marmalade (voice of Richard Ayoade). If he is able to show that 'The Bad Guys' have learned to become good, then he will get the golden prize and they will get their freedom. For 'The Bad Guys', changing who they are certainly seems thankless and impossible but they soon learn that there is far more at stake than changing people’s perception of them or even their chance of freedom.
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.
Crime; Negative stereotypes; Corruption; Mind control; Betrayal; Animal testing.
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.
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:
The Bad Guys is an animated adventure with a fast paced, predictable plot and a positive message about the power of second chances and how everyone has something good inside them. The film will appeal to kids of all ages and can be enjoyed as a family film with all but the youngest of viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that change is possible; that stereotypes don’t have to stick; and that being good brings greater happiness and riches than stealing ever could.
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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