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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 12 (violence, scary scenes, threats)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes, mythical creatures, bullying and themes.|
|Children aged 10–12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes and threats.|
|Children aged 13 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:||Chupa|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, Fantasy themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Alejandro (Evan Whitten), aka Alex, is a young Mexican boy living in the USA with his mum. Following the recent passing of his father, Alex, reluctantly, spends his school holidays in his father’s hometown of San Javier with his grandfather/Abuelo Chava (Demián Bichir) and two cousins, Luna (Ashley Ciarra) and Memo (Nickolas Verdugo).
Alex befriends a chupacabra cub and names him ‘Chupa’. Thought to be a mythical creature and to have blood with magical healing abilities, Chupa is hunted by a scientist called Richard Quinn (Christian Slater) and his colleagues. Alex and his family protect Chupa and, in the process, Alex also deals with the loss of his father.
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.
Grief and loss; Death of parent; Animal distress; Racism; Ageing and memory loss.
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:
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Chupa is a fantasy adventure movie set in Mexico and uses both English and Spanish languages throughout. The film’s key take-home message is the importance of connecting with one’s family and heritage. Best suited for a tween and up audience, however, parents are cautioned that children are pictured driving a car in several scenes and stealing a car in one scene. Children also play with and teach each other how to use fireworks.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of knowing where you come from; family devotion; dealing with grief; and protecting animals.
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 the natural process of ageing, loss and grief, as well as attitudes towards racial differences.
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