Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 8 (violence and themes of death and abandonment)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to violence and themes of death and abandonment.|
|Children aged 5–8||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and themes of death and abandonment.|
|Children over the age of 8||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:||Dolittle|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Once the most famous man in England, Dr Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) is provided a park-like estate, by the Queen (Jessie Buckley) herself, to continue to care for and treat all manner of animals but when his adventurous wife Lily (Kasia Smutniak) sets out on a quest and never returns he shuts himself away from humanity and lives like a hermit with his animal companions.
When a young boy, Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett), with an uncanny connection to animals accidentally shoots a squirrel he, with the help of Polly the parrot (voice of Emma Thompson), finds his way to Dolittle’s estate and entreats the man to help. Simultaneously, Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado), a young charge of the queen, arrives with the news that Her Majesty is deathly ill and requests the presence of the Dr himself. Quickly deducing that the queen has been poisoned and doesn’t have long to live, Dolittle sets out on an epic quest to find the antidote. In the process Dolittle follows in the footsteps of his wife, faces his fears, mentally lays her to rest and, with the help of his unlikely friends, saves the Kingdom from ruin.
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 loved one, abandonment, grief, overcoming fear.
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 use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Dolittle is a fantasy adventure film, with a predictable plot but endearing characters, best suited to families with slightly older children.
The main messages from this movie are that in order to truly live you must do what you love and that through helping others we are able to help ourselves.
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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