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Parental guidance under 8s (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Some scary scenes, including one with an angry dinosaur. Furthermore, the children are at times seen to be worried/ upset about their father's and IT's welfare. Parental guidance is recommended viewers under 8 years.|
|Children aged 8-13||Children over 8 years would be able to see this movie with or 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.
|Name of movie:||Five Children and IT|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, Low level violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
During the summer of 1917, the five Butterworth children are evacuated from London to their Uncle Albert’s castle, after their parents sign up to serve in World War 1; their father (Alex Jennings) in the air force and their mother (Tara Fitzgerald) as a nurse. Cyril, the eldest, is put in charge of the toddler, Anthea, Jane and a none-too-pleased Robert (Freddie Highmore).
The children vary in their enthusiasm about the adventure that awaits them at eccentric Uncle Albert’s (Kenneth Branagh) home. They meet their unpleasant cousin, Horace (Alexander Pownall) and the kindly housekeeper, Martha (Zoe Wanamaker), who almost immediately warns them to stay away from the Greenhouse. Needless to say, it doesn’t take them long to find this room and explore the hidden pathway leading away from it.
To their surprise, they reach a beautiful sunny beach and stumble upon a large shell. The shell, it transpires, houses IT (voiced by Eddie Izzard), a sand fairy. The mischievous IT agrees to grant the children wishes, but they discover too late that there is a catch—they can only have one wish a day, wishes only last till sunset and they usually go horribly wrong. As the children struggle to make the right wishes, keep Horace and their uncle in the dark about IT and not fight with each other, the news arrives that their father is ‘missing in action’. They realise that they must use their wishes selflessly to help their father.
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 very few overtly violent scenes in this movie. During one heated exchange between Cyril and Robert, Cyril angrily grabs Robert by the arms and calls him an idiot. He then angrily aims to push away Anthea, but she steps away.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There are some scenes that could disturb children under the age of eight:
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 be scared or disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.
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.
Some children aged eight to thirteen may still be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.
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 over 13 years are unlikely to be scared by any of the scenes in this movie.
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There is no coarse language in this movie, just one instance of name calling when Cyril calls Robert an ‘idiot’.
The movie’s main message is that of the power of family, particularly the importance of loyalty, selflessness and sticking together in tough times, and that everyone’s contribution is important.
Values that parents may wish to encourage include:
The following content could be used by parents to discuss with their children what their own family’s values are, and what the real life consequences can be of some actions and attitudes:
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