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Not recommended under 5, PG to 8 due to scary scenes.
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children aged 5-8||Parental guidance recommended for children under eight due to scary scenes|
|Children over 8||OK without parental guidance|
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:||Evan Almighty|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scenes may frighten young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Evan Almighty opens with Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), Buffalo’s TV news anchorman celebrating his newly won election to Congress. Evan along with his wife Joan (Lauren Graham) and three sons Dylan (Johnny Simmons), Jordan (Graham Phillips) and Ryan (Jimmy Bennett) sets off for Capitol Hill. Evan begins his first day as a Congressman with the good intentions of both changing the world and spending more time with his family. However, he is soon approached by Congressman Chuck Long (John Goodman), who is seeking Evan’s sponsorship in the passing of a new bill which, unbeknown to Evan, will cause the destruction of forest land and wildlife. Evan is inundated with work and his good intentions of spending more time with his family fly out of the window. Joan prays to God to help the family grow closer together, while Evan asks God to help him in his fight to change the world. The next morning Evan wakes up to find a large wooden box in his hallway filled with rather ancient woodworking tools.
From here on Evan is plagued by strange occurrences including large stacks of lumber being delivered to his front yard, animals appearing in his yard two-by-two and large flocks of birds flying through his office window to perch upon his shoulder. Evan is visited by God (Morgan Freeman), who informs Evan there will be a flood, and that he must build an Ark and fill it with two of every kind of animal.
Initially Evan refuses to believe and ignores God’s directive, but he eventually relents and agrees to build the ark and his real adventures begin.
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.
The Bible story of Noah’s Ark; political corruption; destruction of the environment
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.
The film’s scenes of slapstick violence and accidental injury are mostly mild. The exception to this was the violent nature of the flood, which was more threatening and intense. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group are likely to be particularly scared by:
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 are also likely to be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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 film.
None of concern
Evan Almighty contains a few mild sexual references including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There are references to use of substances, including:
Evan Almighty contains occasional mild coarse language, name calling and putdowns example include:
Evan Almighty is a family comedy based loosely on the bible story of Noah’s Ark. Children over five who enjoy stories that involve animals, slapstick comedy and toilet humour will find the film particularly appealing.
The main message from this movie is that an individual has the power to change the world through one act of random kindness (ARK) at a time.
Values that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include trust, kindness, self-sacrifice, perseverance, and environmental awareness.
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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