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Not recommended under 7, Parental Guidance recommended to 10 (Violence, Scary scenes; Coarse language)
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|Children under 7||Not recommended due to violent and scary scenes and coarse language. It is also too long for this age group.|
|Children 7-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violent and scary scenes and coarse language.|
|Children 11 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:||Cars 2|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Cars 2 begins at sea amid a field of sinister looking oilrigs where British secret agent car Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine) has discovered a German scientist named Professor Z (Thomas Kretschmann) unloading a secret weapon. Before Finn is able to do more than take a picture of the secret weapon he is discovered, and a shootout between Finn and Professor Z’s henchmen erupts, with Finn narrowly escaping.
Meanwhile back at Radiator Springs USA, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) after winning his fourth consecutive Piston Cup, has returned home for some well deserved fun and relaxation with his best friend Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). However, after being taunted by arrogant Italian Formula One champion Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro), Lightning agrees to enter a series of Grand Prix races, taking Mater along as pit crew.
The first Grand Prix race is held in Tokyo where British agents Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) mistake Mater for a secret agent, believing that he has information that will identifying the mastermind behind the mysterious secret weapon. Unfortunately for Mater, the criminals also have the wrong idea about his identity and are out to get him. Meanwhile the engines of several race cars mysteriously explode.
Finn and Shiftwell give Mater a disguise and send him to Paris so that he can infiltrate the criminal gang while Lightning participates in the second Grand Prix in Italy where yet more race car engines explode.
The final race is set in London where the battle with the criminals continues and it is up to Mater to save the day.
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.
Car racing; espionage; sabotage
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.
The film contains cartoon action violence, destruction, accidental harm and intense situations throughout, 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 scenes, children in this age group are likely to be scared by some of the scary characters, such as the boats that look like sharks.
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 be scared by some of the scary characters, such as the boats that look like sharks.
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
No specific product placement of concern occurs. However, the characters in the film will be marketed as toys and other merchandise for children.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Cars 2 contains some occasional low-level coarse language, putdowns, name calling and toilet humour that young children may imitate. Examples include:
Cars 2 is an entertaining animated action comedy targeting a wide audience. Although having some of the same main characters as the first Cars film, Cars 2 is a completely new story following the adventures of the tow truck Tow Mater. Parents should note that the film is not recommended for children under seven years of age. The film is too long for younger children and the film’s plot a little too complex. Younger children may find a number of scenes scary or confusing, while the film also contains adult themes.
The main messages from this movie are that:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the gender stereotyping and the manner in which male characters dominate the film.
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