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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 10 (violence, scary scenes, scary themes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes and scary themes.|
|Children aged 5–10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes and scary themes.|
|Children aged 11 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:||Disenchanted|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild peril and language. Some flashing lights sequences or patterns may affect photosensitive viewers (OC)|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ten years have passed since Giselle (Amy Adams) found her ‘happily-ever-after’ and she thinks it’s time to move her family, husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and daughters, teenager Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) and new baby Sofia (Mila Jackson), from the bustle of life in New York City. They choose a town called Monroeville where they have found a castle to live in. The family has some problems settling into their new life, particularly Morgan who didn’t want to move in the first place. Giselle too is confronted by the local ‘queen bee’, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), and her ‘cronies’, Ruby (Jayma Mays) and Rosaleen (Yvette Nicole Brown), who don’t take kindly to having Giselle around.
When baby Sofia is gifted an Andalasian magic wand from her godparents, the King and Queen of Andalasia, Morgan feels isolated from her family, and after an argument between Morgan and Giselle, Giselle uses the wand and wishes that her life were more like the fairy-tale she had in Andalasia. However, her wish backfires on her when the town is totally transformed into a fairy-tale setting, complete with the evil queen Malvina; Morgan as a Cinderella; and Giselle becoming the wicked stepmother. Robert also steps into the fray, complete with sword to tackle giants and dragons. Meanwhile, the magic is dying in Andalasia and Giselle only has until the clock strikes midnight to reverse her spell.
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.
Magic; Fantasy; Adventure; Fairy-tales; Good vs Evil; Family breakdown; Threats of death; Children as victims; Children in danger; World destruction; Parental death.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
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:
Disenchanted is the sequel to Disney’s, Enchanted (2007), featuring the original cast. The film combines animation with real life characters to take the audience into a Disney world of song and dance; enchantment; fantasy; and a dose of reality. While the movie is action-packed, fast-paced and likely to appeal to many children, it features heavy use of magic and some scary scenes, particularly towards the end of the movie, and it is therefore best suited to families with children aged 7 and over. Older children may also enjoy recognising similarities between this movie and iconic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. It may also be beneficial to watch the original film to understand some references made in Disenchanted.
The main messages from this movie are that love conquers all; to be grateful for what you have; that step-relatives (such as parents, or children) are true family members; nobody is perfect so you should just be yourself; that you should be careful what you wish for, and that life doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ to live ‘happily ever after’.
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:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of:
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