Not recommended under 8; parental guidance to 10 (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended|
|Children 8 - 10||Parental guidance recommended|
|Children 10 and over||Suitable 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.
|Name of movie:||Goosebumps|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) and his Mum Gale (Amy Ryan) move to Madison, Delaware, after the death of Zach’s father, so that Gale can take up the role of Assistant Vice-Principal at the local high school. Zach isn’t keen on the move but is soon intrigued by his strange neighbour known as Mr Shivers (Jack Black) and his friendly but mysterious daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush). Zach quickly learns that the neighbour’s property is out of bounds as is Hannah. Zach is convinced however, that Hannah is being tormented by her father so after an elaborate plot to get him out of the house, Zach creeps inside to check up on her. He takes along a new friend he’s made called Champ (Ryan Lee), commonly known as Chump.
The two discover that Hannah is unharmed but in the process discover a library full of locked books. It turns out that Shivers is the famous author R.L Stine and he keeps all of his books under lock and key for good reason. Zach manages to open one of them, unleashing the Abominable Snowman into the real world. Once this has happened, all of the books get opened, unleashing all of the monsters out into the community. The Abominable Snowman, a ventriloquist dummy called Slappy (who is very evil), giant insects, a werewolf, garden gnomes and zombies are let loose to destroy and rampage through the town. It’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ and Stine to find a way to put a stop to it.
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.
Horror; the Supernatural; Monsters; Death of a parent.
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 but no blood or gore is shown 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 many 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 are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is no nudity but light sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Goosebumps is a light-hearted horror movie that kids who grew up with the much-loved Goosebumps books will relate to. The CGI monsters are really quite scary however, and could certainly frighten younger children. The movie is meant to be scary which therefore makes it more suitable for older kids and teens.
The main messages from this movie are to try and solve problems and to overcome fears.
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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