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Not suitable under 14; parental guidance to 14 (violence, scary scenes, themes, language)
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|Children under 14||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes, themes, and language.|
|Children aged 14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes, themes, and language.|
|Children aged 15 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:||Five Nights at Freddy’s|
|Consumer advice lines:||Horror themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mike (Josh Hutcherson) has had trouble sleeping for years. He blames himself for not being able to save his little brother from being kidnapped when they were children. That day has haunted him ever since and was the catalyst that unravelled the fabric of his family. After his father left and his mother died, it was Mike who took over the care of his young sister Abby (Piper Rubio). The only problem is that he struggles to hold down a job, to pay the bills and to fulfil all his parental responsibilities. His Aunt Jane (Mary Stuart Masterson) wants to take over custody of Abby but that is the last thing that either Mike or Abby want. When Mike loses another job, it looks like Aunt Jane may be closer to getting what she wants. In desperation, Mike takes a job working as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a restaurant that was once a favourite with families but became abandoned after a number of children went missing. Mike’s job is to keep people out of the site and generally look after the place, which doesn’t seem that hard, except there are creepy and inexplicable things that begin to happen, especially when he falls asleep. When Mike has to bring his sister with him to work one night, the animatronic characters all take an extreme liking to her and decide that Abby must join them. What Abby doesn’t know is that they contain the bodies of the missing, murdered children who are controlled by a Yellow Bunny (Matthew Lillard) whom the animatronic characters don’t often see and hardly remember. But the Yellow Bunny isn’t who they think he is and it will be up to Mike, Abby and a police officer named Vanessa (Elizabeth Lail) to solve the mystery of the missing children and stop the carnage at Freddy’s.
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.
Family breakdown and dysfunction; Children separated from parents; The kidnapping and murder of children.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror film based on the popular video game of the same name. This is not a family film and will be far too scary for many children. It is best suited to ages 15 and over, particularly those who are fans of the franchise.
The main messages from this movie are that you cannot change the past and that you cannot control the future but that you can make powerful choices that allow you to appreciate the present and the life (and family) that you have.
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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