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Not recommended under 5, PG to 9 due to violence and themes
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|Children under 5||Not recommended for this age group due to violence and themes.|
|Children aged 5 to 9||Parental guidance recommended for this age group due to violence and themes|
|Children aged 10 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:||Despicable Me 3|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the third movie in the popular Despicable Me series, but stands alone well and can be understood without having watched the previous two instalments.
Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) used to be a super villain, but now he is a special agent for the Anti Villain League (AVL). Together with his wife Lucy (voice of Kristen Wiig), he is sent to pursue the hilariously out of fashion ‘Balthazar Bratt’ (voice of Trey Parker), a former child star who has now become the world’s most feared shoulder-pad-wearing villain. Gru and Lucy manage to stop Balthazar from stealing the world’s biggest diamond, but Balthazar still manages to escape. Their failure to catch him means that they are fired from the AVL.
Gru and Lucy are at a loss as to how they will find work to support their three adopted daughters. Out of the blue, Gru is contacted by someone who informs him that he has a long-lost twin brother ‘Dru’ (voice of Steve Carrell) who wants to meet him. Together with Lucy and the three girls, he flies to meet the mysterious twin brother in person. Dru turns out to be a warm-hearted and flamboyant millionaire who has some secrets to share about Gru’s estranged father.
In the meantime, Balthazar Bratt has once again stolen the diamond and is going to use it in a diabolical plan to destroy Hollywood. Gru convinces Dru to help him steal back the diamond in the hope that it will win him his job back. A hilarious madcap adventure follows!
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.
Good versus bad; the importance of family; brotherhood; loss of employment
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 are many scenes of animated 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.
Children in this age group may also find some of the above scenes disturbing.
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
Nothing of concern in the movie, but associated merchandise is likely to be available
There are some mild sexual references and crude humour in this movie, including:
There is some partial nudity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Despicable Me 3 is a very funny, and fun, action adventure. It is very silly and has laughs at every level so can be enjoyed by adults and children. The main characters are all very likeable, even the villain.
The main messages from this movie are:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss the real consequences of using violence to solve problems.
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