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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 8 (violence, sad themes, mild coarse language)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to frequent and grossly trivialised slapstick violence, sad themes (loss of an important companion), some mild coarse language.|
|Children aged 6–8||Parental guidance recommended due to frequent and grossly trivialised slapstick violence, and sad themes (loss of an important companion).|
|Children aged 9 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:||Flubber|
|Consumer advice lines:||The content is very mild in impact.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) is a genius and hopelessly chaotic inventor and scientist, and he is under a lot of pressure: He desperately needs to come up with a ground-breaking and lucrative invention if he wants to save his college from being closed down; and he needs to fend off his arch rival, Wilson Croft (Christopher McDonald), who is not only trying to steal his ideas but also his fiancée Sara (Marcia Gay Harden). Then something amazing happens! One of Philip's experiments produces a mysterious green goo, which has incredible elastic and bouncy qualities, is an enormous source of energy, but also has a mind of its own. Philip's robot assistant Weebo (voiced by Jodi Benson) describes it as flying rubber, which inspires Philip to name his invention "Flubber". However, along with Flubber come new challenges. Philip needs to learn to control his bouncy goo, protect it from getting into the wrong hands, and win back Sara's heart after he stood her up at the altar for the third time whilst getting distracted over inventing Flubber.
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.
Science Fiction / Fantasy; Action Comedy; Slapstick Humour.
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.
In this movie humour is excessively derived from slapstick violence, and what is problematic is that in many instances the movie grossly trivialises the effects of some of the violent misadventures. Examples include:
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.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Flubber is a 1997 science fiction action comedy, produced by Walt Disney Pictures. While Robin Williams shines and the story (based on the 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor) is captivating, the excessive use of slapstick humour and associated violence, and the lack of criticising or rectifying immoral actions (cheating, stealing, using violence) makes the film unsuitable for children under 6 and warrants parental guidance for children under 9. Best suited to a family audience with children aged 9 and over.
The main messages from this movie are that it is important to persist and not to get defeated and give up when confronted with setbacks.
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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