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Not suitable under 8s, PG to 13 (Scary scenes. Viol. Themes)
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|Children under 8
|Due to the scary imagery (Vogons, Humma Kavula) and intermittent violence, the film is not suitable for children under the age of eight years. Most children under eight would not enjoy the humour, as it is not directed at their age level, and would find the filmu2019s content meaningless and boring.
|Children aged 8-13
|Most children between the ages of eight and thirteen years should be able to cope with the scary visual images; however parental guidance is recommended for children in this age bracket.. As for younger children, many children in the 8-13 age bracket will find the filmu2019s content meaningless and boring.
|Children over the age of 13
|Children over the age of 13 should be able 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:
|Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
|Consumer advice lines:
|Low level violence
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes up one morning to find his house is about to be demolished to allow for an interstate bypass. His best friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) arrives, announcing that he is an alien and that the earth will be destroyed in twelve minutes to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Luckily for Arthur, Ford is able to hitchhike rides on alien spacecraft, and rescues Arthur by hitchhiking a ride aboard a Vogon spacecraft just before the Earth is destroyed. Unfortunately the pair is discovered by the Vogons and ejected into space. The pair’s adventures continue as they are immediately rescued by the Galactic Starship Heart of Gold, which is powered by improbability hyperdrive and crewed by Galaxy President Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), an Earth girl Trillian (Zooey Deschanel) and a paranoid depressed robot named Marvin.
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.
Violence is scattered throughout the film and is presented in a comical if not totally bizarre context, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children under the age of five, could be scared by the visual images in this movie, including:
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 under the age of eight, particularly young children in this age bracket, may also be scared or disturbed by the material described above.
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 over the age of eight years should be able to interpret the scariness of the Vogons and Humma Kavula (as described above) as comical. The Vogons are for the most part presented as stupid and ineffective within a comical context, so for older children the comedy would assist in diluting their scary appearance. However, the images may still present a concern for some children in this age bracket.
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 13 are unlikely to be scared or disturbed by any content in this film.
The film contains one statement which in context is clearly a sexual reference. Trillian has left Arthur at a party to go off with Beeblebrox. Arthur later has a heated discussion with her in which he states “Is there anything else he’s got two of!?”
None of concern.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy contains three scenes involving the consumption of alcohol:
In addition, Beeblebrox makes Ford the best drink in existence, a Pan Galactic Garble Blaster “the effect of which is like having your brain smashed up by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick”
There is very mild coarse language, including occasional use of “what the hell” and “bloody”.
Most of the messages in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are designed to have fun at the expense of human, and particularly English, values, beliefs, and intelligence. The worth of the universe, human intelligence, politics, political procedure, government red tape, science and technology are all subjects of satire in the movie.
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