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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 10 (violence, disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended dur to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 5-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|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:||Despicable Me|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Despicable Me traces the exploits of self-proclaimed villain Gru (Steve Carell) whose life goal is to be internationally recognised as a master criminal. To this end, Gru has enlisted the help of the sinister inventor Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and hundreds of cute yellow creatures called “minions”. Up to this point Gru has pulled off some small-time heists but he now feels the need to achieve greater acts of villainy. Later, during flashbacks to his youth, it becomes apparent that the motivation for such actions stems from the lack of acknowledgement and love he received as a child.
After learning that geeky rival villain Vector (Jason Segal) has successfully stolen one of the Giza pyramids, Gru becomes convinced that he must do something of even greater magnitude to gain the notoriety he craves. He therefore plans to steal Vector’s “shrinking laser” gun in order to shrink and steal the moon. However, gaining access to Vector’s heavily armed fortress proves almost impossible.
In his desperate bid to become the most renowned villain, Gru comes across three orphan children (Margo, Agnes and Edith, played by Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, and Dana Gaier, respectively) who he thinks may be able to help. Initially, his relationship with the girls is very stilted, but as time passes, he comes to appreciate the fullness they bring to his life. When it appears that success is imminent, Gru realises he must make a choice that may change all of their lives.
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.
Childhood emotional trauma; separation from a parent.
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 a great deal of 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:
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 scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children younger children in this age group, including:
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 movie.
None of concern
None of concern
There are no direct depictions of nudity or sexual activity in this movie, however, there are some mild scenes where:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mildly coarse and threatening language in this movie, including:
Despicable Me is an entertaining children’s comedy with enough layers to appeal to audiences of all ages. The animation is skilfully conceived and constructed and the characters are given added depth by the cast. However, some parents may be disturbed by the amount of violence in the movie, and the failure to depict realistic consequences for such events.
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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