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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Sexual references and crude humour)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended for this age group due to sexual references and crude humour.|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references and crude humour.|
|Children aged 15 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Blended|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sexual references and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) meet on a blind date which goes very badly right from the start. Jim is a widower trying to do his best with three daughters: teenage Hilary (Belia Thorne), Espn (Emma Fuhrmann) and cute little Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind) but he obviously lacks the ‘Mother’s touch’. Meanwhile Lauren has two sons: 15-year-old Brendon (Braxton Beckham) and hyperactive Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstein). Lauren is divorced from the boys’ father Mark (Joel McHale) who was never there for his sons, leaving Lauren to raise them on her own.
As it happens, Lauren’s friend and colleague Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey) has started dating Jim’s boss Dick (Dan Patrick) and is very excited about going on a romantic holiday with him to Africa. When Jen discovers this is a package holiday for blended families and that she’s expected to ‘blend’ with Dick’s five children, she ditches the holiday and Dick. Lauren is quick to take up the all-inclusive holiday so she can take her boys to an exotic destination. What she doesn’t know is that Jim has bought out the remaining four places for his own family. When both families arrive at the resort and realise they will be sharing the accommodation, sparks begin to fly. It isn’t long, however, before Jim and Lauren realise they have a lot more in common than they thought and that their children all benefit from each other’s guidance.
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.
Step families; loss of 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 mainly slapstick violence and accidental injury intended to be funny 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.
Espn is obviously disturbed by the death of her mother and throughout the movie she talks to her Mum and saves a place for her at the table. She is genuinely upset at thought of losing Lauren as well as her Mum.
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 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.
Younger children in this age goup may also be disturbed by the idea of the loss of a mother or by Brendan's fixation on his mother.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are sexual references and crude humour in this movie, including:
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language and name calling in this movie, including:
Blended is a fairly predictable romantic comedy about step families. It is littered with crude humour and sexual references throughout, in typical Adam Sandler style, and is therefore not recommended for children under 13. Some parents may feel that it is also not suitable for younger teenagers. It is, however, likely to be quite entertaining for teens and could raise some interesting discussion points for parents and children.
The main message from this movie is that children need both mothers and fathers while growing up.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss the appropriateness of some of the crude humour in the film, such as making fun of normal parts of development during puberty.
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