Short takes: Not recommended under 13 due to frequent animated violence. Parents should be aware that there are two versions of this film available. One has been classified as M and one has been edited and classified as PG. When the film is released on DVD, it could be the M rated version.
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|Children under 13||Not recommended for this age group due to frequent 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:||Bumblebee|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild science fiction violence and mild themes. Some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the sixth instalment in a series of films based on the Transformers franchise from the 1980’s and Bumblebee is a prequel to the 2007 Transformers film. Young transformer robot B-127 (Bumblebee) escapes a fierce war on the planet of Cybertron to seek refuge on Earth. His mission is to safeguard Earth until the other Transformers can regroup and join him. When he arrives on Earth it is 1987 and a secret military group assume that he is hostile and try to chase and destroy him. Whilst trying to escape them, B-127 is also pursued by enemy robot, Decepticon Blitzwing, who has followed B-127 to Earth to try and find out the location of leader Optimus Prime. When B-127 refuses to disclose the information, Blitzwing rips out B-127’s vocal processor and damages his memory core. B-127 takes refuge by camouflaging himself in the form of a cute, yellow 1967 Volkswagen beetle. Meanwhile on Earth, teenager Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfield) is still grieving over the death of her late father. She is a bit of an outcast and buries herself in trying to repair the car she was working on with her father before he died. One day in a scrapyard hunting for parts, Charlie comes across the little yellow VW beetle (Bumblebee) and accidentally activates the communication signal. This is picked up all the way across the galaxy on the planet of Cybertron and notifies the enemy Decepticons of Bumblebee’s whereabouts. Charlie convinces the scrapyard owner to let her take the beetle home. In her garage, the car transforms into Bumblebee’s robot form and Charlie and Bumblebee become fast and loyal friends. Little do they know that two Decepticon robots Shatter and Dropkick have arrived on Earth and have fooled the military into believing that they are on a peace keeping mission. The military are allowing them to access the Earth’s satellite system to try and locate Bumblebee. No matter how dangerous it is, Charlie and Bumblebee must avoid capture and try to put a stop to the evil plans of the Decepticons to take over and destroy Earth.
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.
Robots; aliens; war; 1980's nostalgia; death of a parent; grief; family; friendship.
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 frequent violence in this movie including scenes of war, scenes that resemble torture and aggressive macho behaviour.
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.
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.
There are some very mild romantic or sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Bumblebee is a fast-paced action film, but the central relationship between teen outcast Charlie and the very endearing Bumblebee give it a lot of heart. Charlie is a strong and interesting female lead character who shows a lot more compassion and intelligence than many of the adults around her. Many parents will also enjoy the 1980’s nostalgia with great cars and a fabulous soundtrack. This film is likely to be advertised towards and appeal to younger children and tweens; however the frequent cartoon-like violence that seems to have no real-life consequences could have a desensitising effect for children, so is not recommended for those under 13.
Parents should be aware that this film was originally classified as M, but was modified and lowered to PG. It is of the opinion of the ACCM that it should have retained the M classification due to the volume and frequency of violence. Parents should also note that there are now two versions of the film released, one is rated M and the other rated PG. In addition, when the film is released on DVD it could be the ‘M’ rated version.
The main messages from this movie are that good will overcome evil, and that we can conquer our inner fears.
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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