Not suitable under 6; parental guidance 6-7 (scary scenes and possible lack of interest for younger viewers)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6–7||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes. May lack interest for younger viewers.|
|Children aged 8 and over||Suitable 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:||CATS|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The movie CATS is based on the stage musical of the same name, which is based on T. S. Eliot’s collection of poems called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Set in the streets of London, the movie begins when a woman unceremoniously dumps a sack containing a young cat called Victoria (Francesca Hayward) in an alleyway. There Victoria is introduced to the Jellicle Cats and, in particular, Munkustrap (Robbie Fairchild) who takes her under his wing. The cats are excited about the forthcoming Jellicle Ball where one cat is chosen to go up to Heaviside to be re-born. Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench) has the authority to choose which cat this will be.
The Jellicle cats are tormented by Macavity (Idris Elba), a wicked cat who can perform magic and who wants to be the chosen cat. He goes to great lengths to secure his position including capturing other cats and tying them up on a barge in the Thames. Meanwhile, Victoria meets outcast Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson), a sad old cat who has nothing to live for, who takes her to meet Old Deuteronomy. When Macavity captures Old Deuteronomy, Victoria asks for the help of Mr Mistoffelees (Laurie Davidson), another magical cat, to help bring her back.
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.
Magic; stray cats
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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
CATS is a musical movie with the famous score by Andrew Lloyd Weber, based on the stage play. It is full of a great cast of actors and it is very well done, as are the costumes and background setting. The themes are very mild but there are some scary scenes and it may lack interest for young children. It is therefore recommended for children over 7 and adults.
The main message from this movie is that redemption is always possible.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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