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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 7 (violence and scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6-7||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8 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.
|Name of movie:||Bedtime Stories|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild slapstick violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce) is forced to sell his hotel to Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) a hotel entrepreneur, who promises Marty that his son Skeeter will be the new hotel’s manager when he grows up.
Twenty-five years later Skeeter (Adam Sandler) is working as a maintenance man in one of Barry’s hotels. Skeeter hopes that Barry will make him manager of his new hotel, but when the new manager is announced it turns out to be Skeeter’s nemesis, a man named Kendall (Guy Pearce).
Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courteney Cox) asks Skeeter to look after her children Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling) during the night while she is away. A friend named Jill (Keri Russell) will look after the children during the day. When Skeeter puts the children to bed at night he tells them a bedtime story about a magical land with knights and castles, where the characters in the story are played by the various people in Skeeter’s life including Kendall, who plays the villain of the story. However, partway through Skeeter’s telling of the story Patrick and Bobbi interject their own outlandish additions to the story, one of which involves the king in the story (Barry) giving the underdog of the story (Skeeter) a chance to rule his kingdom in place of Kendall. The following day unexpected events begin to occur, and Skeeter realises that somehow his bedtime stories are coming true.
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.
None of concern
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.
Bedtime Stories contains slapstick violence. 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of 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.
Nothing further of concern.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some low level 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:
Bedtime Stories contains some mild coarse language and putdowns. Examples includeTiny mind Bronson; Sir Butt Kiss; Mistress Stinky and Master Smelly; Big people stink; I’m like the stink on your feet, O my god; Kick his butt.
Bedtime Stories is a light hearted and entertaining adventure comedy that targets children, younger adolescents and families.
The main messages from this movie are
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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