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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (violence, scary scenes and images)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes and images.|
|Children aged 8–10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes and images.|
|Children over the age of 10||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:||Descendants 3|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In this made for TV movie sequel, Ben (Mitchell Hope) and Mal (Dove Cameron) continue their plan to bring more Villain Kids (VK's) over from the island to Auradon. They travel to the Isle of the Lost, together with Evie (Sophia Carson), Jay (Booboo Stewart) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce), where they select four lucky kids to go back with them, including Dizzy (Anna Cathcart), Celia (Jadah Marle) and twins Squeaky (Christian Convery) and Squirmy (Luke Roessler). However, as they are about to leave, Hades (Cheyenne Jackson) attempts to escape through the barrier just as it is closing. Mal has to transform into a dragon to repel Hades and seal the barrier.
Back in Auradon, Mal feels the responsibility of bringing evil to Auradon and so decides to close the barrier to the island permanently. This is without the knowledge of her friends who think she will always stand up for the VK's.
When Ben and Mal announce their engagement, Audrey (Sarah Jeffery) becomes most upset and angered. She feels she has been good all her life and for what purpose? Audrey decides to transform into a wicked queen, which she does by stealing Malificent's sceptre and crown. She then casts a spell on the inhabitants of Auradon putting them all into a deep sleep. Mal and her friends now have to fight Audrey's strong magic and the only weapon more powerful is Hades' amber. Mal decides to return to the island and try to steal the amber from Hades, who turns out to be her father. In the process Mal learns that all people are capable of good and evil no matter what side of the barrier they come from. She therefore decides it is better to remove the barriers that keep them apart and that everyone deserves a second chance.
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.
Fantasy; Witchcraft; Magic, Abandonment by a parent; Heroes and Villains; Good v Evil.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Descendants 3 is the last movie in the trilogy with plenty of singing and dancing. However, it does have some dark themes, with Hades as a former god who steals souls and abandoned Mal as a baby, and some conflicting messages between good and evil. It also contains some quite scary scenes, therefore, is not recommended for children under 8 and parental guidance is recommended for children 8 – 10.
The main messages from this movie are that we are stronger together and that all people are capable of good and bad regardless of their background.
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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