- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Take Action
PG under 8 (Disturbing scenes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 8||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing 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.
|Name of movie:||Game Plan, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Joseph Kingman (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) is the highly successful but selfish quarterback for the Boston Rebels Gridiron team, who lives by the motto “Never say NO!” His very structured and football-focused life is turned upside down by the unexpected and unwanted appearance of his hitherto unknown daughter, Peyton (Madison Pettis). Seven-year-old Peyton provides Joe with evidence of his paternity and, as her mother has had to go on a humanitarian trip to Africa, tells Jo she will be staying with him.
Joe begrudgingly accepts the situation, as does his agent, Stella (Kyra Sedgewick), who attempts to get what publicity she can out of the turn of events. Joe tries to maintain his season with the Rebels, but discovers that Peyton’s presence requires him to take on unwanted responsibilities and make compromises.
Through Peyton, Joe begins to see a life outside of the competitive and commercial world of football. Meanwhile, in Joe’s footballing world Peyton discovers that she has gained more than a father figure; she has gained a family.
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 and separation from a parent; Family relations
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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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 in this age group may also be disturbed 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.
Children over 8 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
None of concern
None of concern
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Mild putdowns, including “stupid”.
The Game Plan is a lightweight comedy about the importance of family love over material wealth. This movie may have appeal to young girls, but is likely to be of limited interest to adolescents and adults. There are some strained slapstick and comedic moments, and scenes contrasting the rigours of the ballet and football training are amongst the few highlights.
Values that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the real-life consequences of
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.