Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to menacing themes and scary scenes|
|Children aged 8 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to menacing themes and scary scenes|
|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:||Coraline|
|Consumer advice lines:||Menacing themes and scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) is an unhappy child who feels neglected by her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) after they move to an old house in the country. Busy with deadlines and dreams, her parents have no time for her and are irritated by her questions and constant pestering.
Coraline’s neighbour Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) gives her an odd looking doll that he found in his grandmother’s attic. The doll looks almost exactly like Coraline and is really a spy for an evil, spider-like creature from another world. The creature uses handcrafted dolls to see into the lives of children and then lures them to her world by presenting them with all the wonderful things that they feel are missing from their own.
The portal to the alternative world is a small doorway in Coraline’s bedroom. Coraline finds the entrance and, at first, also finds herself in the middle of the life she always wished that she’d had. She has parents who talk to her and are interested in all that she does, a mother who cooks delicious meals and more pleasing versions of her neighbours.
However, the more that Coraline visits this parallel world the more she begins to see that things are not as they appear and she soon finds herself in a struggle to escape and return to her real life.
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.
Kidnapping, separation from parents, children as victims
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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged under 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Some of the above mentioned scenes may also disturb children in this age group.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern
None of concern
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:
Coraline is an animated thriller containing some alluring and creepy special effects. Because of the themes and scary scenes it is not a family film, but one that may be enjoyed by older children and anyone who likes 3D special affects.
The main messages from this movie are
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 importance of communication and empathy in maintaining healthy relationships.
The film also presents a reminder to parents to watch their words and the way that they speak to their children.
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