Not recommended under 13, parental guidance recommended 13-15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes and characters)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and scary characters|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and scary characters|
|Children 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.
|Name of movie:||Guardians of the Galaxy|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with the death of the young Peter Quill’s mother, followed by his abduction by an alien spacecraft.
The film jumps forward 26 years and we find that Peter (Chris Pratt) is now a soldier of fortune on the planet Morag where he is searching for an ancient and mysterious object referred to as “The Orb”. Quill manages to recover the Orb and escapes after a shootout with aliens who also want the Orb. When Quill tries to sell the Orb on a distant planet, he ends up being arrested along with a female humanoid alien called Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a talking raccoon named Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and a creature called Groot (voice of Vin Diesel). The three aliens had intended to steal the Orb from Quill.
In prison, Quill, Gamora, Rocket and Groot are befriended by a muscle-bound blue alien called Drax (Dave Bautista). Apparently Drax has a personal grudge against an intergalactic warlord named Ronan (Lee Pace) who is seeking the Orb for his own evil purposes. Drax hopes that Quill and his friends will lead him to Ronan.
Quill and his companions manage to escape from prison and head to a space station where they plan to sell the Orb to an alien referred to as “The Collector”. The Collector informs Quill and his companions that the Orb contains an Infinity Stone, an ancient and powerful weapon which is capable of destroying entire worlds. Quill then decides that the stone is too dangerous to be sold to anyone and, with his four followers, decides to take the stone to Nova headquarters where it will remain out of the reach of Ronan. However, this is not an easy task.
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.
Loss of a parent; aliens; alien abduction; devices of mass destruction
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 intense sequences of action violence and peril, including multiple deaths and mass destruction of property, but minimal depiction of blood and gore. 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.
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned 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 also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains mild-medium level coarse language and some name calling scattered throughout. Examples include:
Guardians of the Galaxy is a Marvel Comics action adventure, targeting older teens and adult fans of sci-fi. The film is likely to entertain the target audience with action scenes, special effects, lots of humour and a soundtrack of 70’s classics. The appropriately M-rated film has many violent and disturbing scenes and scary characters which make it unsuitable for under 13s and some older children, so parental guidance is recommended for younger teens who may be attracted to the film.
The main messages from this movie are:
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