- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Take Action
Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (violence, scary scenes, themes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, scary themes and scenes.|
|Children aged 8–10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary themes and themes.|
|Children over the age of 10||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:||Hocus Pocus|
|Consumer advice lines:||Low level violence, contains tobacco depictions|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Winifred, (Bette Midler) Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) Sanderson are three witches living on the outskirts of Salem and surreptitiously sucking the life out of small children in an attempt to stay young forever. When little Emily (Amanda Shepherd) is lured to her death, her older brother, Thackery (Sean Murray), tries to save her but instead winds up being transformed by a curse into a black cat called Binx. Thakery’s family never knew what became of him and when the Sanderson sisters are publicly hung they take this secret to the grave but not before invoking one final spell that will allow them to come back to life. Binx spends the next three hundred years guarding the black flame candle that would allow them to return. On Halloween night in 1993, Max (Omri Katz), a newly arrived sceptic from California who doesn’t believe in witches or magic, takes his little sister, Dani (Thora Birch), out trick-or-treating. In an effort to spend time with his beautiful classmate, Allison (Vanessa Shaw), Max convinces her to take them to the old Sanderson cottage to try to make a believer out of him. While there, Max lights the candle and sets the witches free. Winifred, Mary and Sarah have until dawn to brew a potion and capture children to take their lives, or they themselves will be turned to dust. Max, Allison and Dani, with the help of Binx, must hide the witches spell book, thwart their plans and ultimately destroy the witches before they suck the life out of every child in Salem.
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.
Halloween legends; Witches and witchcraft; Children separated from parents; Death of a child; 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.
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 some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Hocus Pocus is a Halloween fantasy adventure that is best suited to tween audiences. Due to the violence and the constant threat to the lives of children this is not a film for younger viewers.
The main messages from this movie are to look out for those you love; and that by working together incredible obstacles can be overcome.
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:
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.