Parental guidance under 8 (Viol.)
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|Children under 8||Due to the scariness in this movie children under eight would need some parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 8||Should be okay to see this movie with or 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:||Help! I’m a Fish|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bud and Stella have to be baby-sat by their rather large Aunt, thwarting Bud’s plans to go fishing. Cousin Chuck also comes along and while Bud teases him about the computer program he is using, his Aunt falls asleep reading to Stella. Bud sees this as his chance to escape with Stella to go fishing and they take a reluctant Chuck along with them. Unfortunately the trio become stranded on a rock when the tide comes in and it seems as though they will be washed away when they discover a door which opens into the rock. Inside they find a nutty professor in his laboratory where he is creating a potion that will enable people to live underwater like fishes do.
Stella is thirsty and unknowingly drinks the potion. She turns into a starfish and is thrown into the ocean by Bud before he realises it is Stella. Bud then drinks the potion so that he can go into the ocean and rescue Stella. They enter an underwater realm that is ruled by a large shark. Meanwhile the Professor and Chuck head out in a boat with the antidote to try to find Bud and Stella. A storm comes up and they both get washed into the ocean along with the antidote. This is discovered by Joe, a fish that had previously survived by cleaning the shark’s teeth, but is now able to talk and become powerful. The shark also drinks some of the antidote and he is also able to talk but doesn’t have the intelligence of Joe. Joe turns into a despotic ruler who has plans to create a society of “exceptional, intelligent fish”.
Bud and Stella are joined by Chuck who has become a jellyfish. The trio are seen as a threat by Joe who imprisons them. They only have a limited time to drink the antidote before they will remain as fish forever. They are caught and escape several times and are left with only minutes to spare to find the antidote.
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, some of it slapstick, including the following:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children under five would find the above scenes scary and would be upset by Sasha being hit with a whip. Other scary scenes in this movie include:
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 are also likely to find the scenes described above scary or 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.
Most children in this age group would understand this is only fantasy.
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.
Children over the age of thirteen are unlikely to have difficulties with the scary material in this film.
There is no drug or alcohol use but there is the drinking of the potion that transforms people into fish and back again.
The take home message is that power corrupts evil people; however, this message probably goes way over the head of young children.
Values parents may wish to encourage include:
Values parents may wish to discourage include:
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