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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 9 (violence, scary scenes, themes)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes, and themes.|
|Children aged 7–9||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes, and themes.|
|Children aged 10 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:||Headspace|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild science fiction themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Norman (voice of Bonko Khoza) is just a normal science geek, infatuated with his beautiful friend Charlene (voice of Nelisa Ngcobo), picked on by the school bully and interested in all sorts of conspiracy theories involving space and extraterrestrials, much to the amusement of his classmates. Meanwhile, in another galaxy, microscopic peacekeepers, Captain Max (voice of Chris Van Rensburg), Special Officer Sophie (voice of Jana Louw) and Tech Specialist Gus (voice of James Cairns) are trying to defeat the evil alien Zolthard (voice of Zak Hendrikz), who is determined to attack every planet and subdue every life form in his quest to gain absolute control over the entire universe. After thwarting Zolthard’s plans with their planet, Zolthard’s ship chases the trio of peacekeepers and pursues them through a wormhole that leads to Earth. Their damaged ship is engulfed in flames and crash lands in Norman’s iced tea. Then, the peacekeepers and their ship are sucked into Norman’s mouth and from there they make their way to his brain. Norman can hear them and they can control Norman when necessary but no one believes that tiny aliens have taken residence inside him. That is, until Zolthard himself possesses Mrs. Witherington (voice of Zak Hendrikz), the overbearing high school Principal, and uses his mind-control powers to turn some of the teachers into his personal, zombie-like henchmen. With help from Norman and his friends, the peacekeepers must devise a way to stop Zolthard from contacting his mother ship and sending the coordinates to Earth, lest the entire population of the planet also be turned into mindless zombies.
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.
Alien life forms and their intent to control the human race; Abuse of power; Conspiracy theories; Bullying.
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, 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.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
There is also some crude humour, such as:
Headspace is an animated adventure with a predictable plot and some very intense characters. While it may appear to be geared towards younger audiences this is not a film for small children but rather one that will be better enjoyed by older kids, aged 10 and over, and with parental guidance for ages 7-9.
The main messages from this movie are to stay true to yourself and to your beliefs, no matter what anyone else thinks; and that you will never know your true potential until you try.
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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