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Not suitable under 11; parental guidance to 13 (violence, scary scenes, themes)
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|Children under 11||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes, and themes.|
|Children aged 11–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes, and themes.|
|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:||Cruella|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence, sense of threat|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Struggling with what appears to be a borderline personality disorder, the young Estella (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) tries to keep her raging and mean alter ego, Cruella, under wraps. Loved unconditionally by her mother Catherine (Emily Beecham), she does her best to remain calm and kind but when school bullies repeatedly taunt and torment her, she loses control and is ultimately expelled from the school. Without any other option the pair set off for London where both dream of taking the fashion industry by storm. The quick stop they intended to make on their way turns tragic when Catherine is pushed off a cliff by three dogs. A devastated and heartbroken Estella makes her way to London alone and soon after joins Horace (Paul Walter Hauser) and Jasper (Joel Fry), a pair of petty thieves making a living from stolen goods. With Estella’s (Emma Stone) sewing skills and fashion sense she quickly takes their thieving operation to the next level by creating numerous costumes for the varied places they target, though all the while she is dreaming of working for The Baroness (Emma Thompson), owner and operator of the most famous fashion house in London. When finally given a chance to work for the icon, Estella discovers that someone else is to blame for her mother’s death and she vows revenge, no matter the toll or what it will take. She unleashes Cruella (Emma Stone) who will bring vengeance and possibly justice.
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.
Death of a parent; Abandonment; Revenge; Grief; Power trips and thinking yourself above the law.
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.
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:
Cruella is a dark drama that takes you back in time to show you how one of Disney’s most notorious villains came to be. Where once there was only fear and disgust, audiences will begin to have empathy and understanding for a character that was largely shaped by the actions of others. Due to its dark nature and focus on revenge this is not a family film and will be best enjoyed by adults and older children.
The main messages from this movie are that if you put others before yourself you won’t achieve anything; and that sometimes family is all that you have.
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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