Not recommended under 5 (scary scenes); parental guidance 5-8 due to possibly scary scenes and themes.
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children aged 5-8||Parental guidance recommended due to themes|
|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:||Boss Baby, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Boss Baby is a 3D animated comedy based on a 2010 picture book of the same title. Narrated by a man named Tim Templeton (Tobey Maguire), it follows the story of seven-year-old Tim (voice of Miles Christopher Bakshi) as he struggles to adapt to the new addition to his family. Although he previously had the unflinching attention of both his parents (Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel), the arrival of the Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) creates chaos in his once stable world as the suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby brother begins taking over the household.
Eventually, Tim realises that his brother isn't actually a regular child - rather, he is a special agent from BabyCorp HQ tasked to complete an espionage mission at Tim's parents’ company. With more people buying puppies than those electing to have babies, BabyCorp are beginning to panic, and if Boss Baby can discover what has been going on, promotions and accolades await him. However, he needs Tim's help and the two must learn to work together to achieve the end goal.
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.
Sibling rivalry; family; espionage
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 very limited violence in the film, but it may worry young children. It includes:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group may be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Some of the younger children in this age group may find some scenes scary
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 of concern
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.
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern in the film, but possible tie-in merchandise
Nothing of concern, although some parents may wish to discuss what the film has to show about where babies come from.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Boss Baby is a film that speaks to the infinite quality of family love and people's capacity to care for multiple individuals in their life. Although children may hold concerns that the appearance of a new sibling might reduce the attention they receive from their parents, there is often no limit on the amount of love that can be offered and shared. The movie also strongly emphasises the significance of working together as a team, and being open to changing one's initial opinion of someone.
Children under 5 may find some scenes scary, and there are scenes and themes to discuss with children over 5.
This movie could give parents the opportunity to discuss concerns around sibling jealousy and the complex relationship parents may have with their children. Parents may also wish to discuss the nature of the business world as shown in the film, and questions of whether being competitive and ruthless have worthwhile or damaging consequences.
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