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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 13 (sexual references, coarse language, violence)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to sexual references, coarse language and violence.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references, coarse language and violence.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sexual allusions, occasional low-level coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are going to fail their history class. If Ted fails, his dad (Hal Landon Jr.) is threatening to send him off to Military School in Alaska. They need to do something drastic to make sure they pass. Luckily for them, someone from the future brings them a time machine which means they can go back in time to any era they choose. When Napoleon Bonaparte (Terry Camilleri) accidentally ends up back at their house in the present, they decide he will be a great addition to their history presentation and ask Bill’s little brother (Frazier Bain) to look after him whilst they go back in time to collect other famous historical figures. Bill and Ted begin a harebrained, time-bending adventure which takes them from place to place, including Ancient Greece (Where they pick up Socrates!) and Medieval England. Along the way they get into many hilarious scrapes and mishaps.
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.
Time travel; History; Comedy; Music; Teenagers.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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.
There are some 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:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a silly time-travel caper which will give older children plenty of laughs. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter do a fabulous job of bringing the gormless but very likeable characters of Ted and Bill to life. Although there is not a lot to scare young children, there is some coarse language, sexual references, and violent scenes; making this film unsuitable for children under 10.
The main messages from this movie are not to leave your schoolwork to the last moment and that for some people, lived experiences are much more educational than sitting and learning in a classroom.
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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