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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 13 (violence, disturbing scenes and characters, coarse language)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence, disturbing scenes and characters, and coarse language|
|Children 12 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and characters, and coarse language|
|Children 14 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:||Ghostbusters|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild supernatural themes and coarse language, some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ghostbusters is a re-make of the classic 1984 comedy action film. It follows the exploits of paranormal scientists Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and ex subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) as they set out to prove that ghosts really do exist in New York. Their quest is made easier when the deranged Rowan North (Neil Casey), who is bent on bringing about the apocalypse, invents a device that creates a portal which allows ghosts to enter the world and wreak havoc.
It’s up to the Ghostbusters to stop North and prevent demonic ghosts from destroying New York city.
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.
Ghosts and the supernatural; demonic possession; the apocalypse
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 contains action violence and peril (much of which is cartoon-like with a comical intent) and the depiction of some mass destruction of property. No blood and gore are depicted. 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, the many ghosts and transformations in the film are likely to be particularly scary for children under the age of five:
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 group are also likely to find the above-mentioned scenes and characters disturbing.
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 in this age group may also be scared by the above-mentioned violent and scary 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.
Younger children in this age group may be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The film contains low-level covert sexual references and innuendo scattered throughout. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is coarse language and crude humour throughout movie, including:
Ghostbusters is an entertaining comedy horror film targeted at adolescents and adults. It is a humorous retake on the 1984 film, with a gender swap for many roles and cameo appearances from the stars of the earlier film. Older teens are likely to enjoy the film but there is plenty to scare young children so it is not recommended for viewers under 12 and parental guidance is suggested for the 12 to 14 age group.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to discuss what the film has to say about gender roles.
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