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Parental guidance recommended under 6 (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Parental guidance recommended due to some scary scenes|
|Children 6 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:||Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 begins as the young and creative inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is invited to work with his idol Chester V (Will Forte) at the Live Corp Company – a place of innovation which aims to better mankind through scientific design. The company has been asked to clean up the island after the food storm caused by Flint’s previous innovation which aimed to turn water into food. In actuality, it caused the food to come to life in the form of creatures known as ‘foodimals’. Chester sends Flint out on a mission to find his old machine and destroy the apparently dangerous foodimals.
Although Chester tells Flint to keep the operation secret, Flint tells his good friends and they come along to help. Once they arrive on the jungle-like island and begin to encounter the foodimals, Flint and his friends gradually realise that they are not evil and dangerous as Chester initially suggested – they merely want to live in harmony with their own family and friends. Although Flint is still intent on obeying Chester and cannot see his mentor’s scheming plans for what they are, he slowly comes to believe his own friends. He then makes the difficult decision to protect the foodimals from Chester.
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.
Friendship; good versus evil; acceptance of diversity; invention and science
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 mild animated violence in the film, 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.
Some of the younger children in this age group may also be scared by some of the foodimals.
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
Various foods shown in the film and also some associated merchandise
There are very limited sexual references in the film, including:
None of concern
None of concern
Some mild coarse language that young children may imitate, such as “shut up”
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an animated adventure centred predominantly on friendship and trust. Flint allows himself to be manipulated by Chester, and because he idealises his mentor, Flint forgets that his friends have always had his wellbeing as a priority. The film also demonstrates that situations are not always as simple as they may seem, and that all individuals should think critically and come to their own conclusions as opposed to having blind faith in the opinions of others. It is generally a family-friendly film, although there are a few scenes that might be scary for under sixes.
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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