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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 10 (violence, scary scenes of peril, themes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to themes, perilous scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 6–10||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, perilous scenes and violence.|
|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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Honey I Shrunk the Kids|
|Consumer advice lines:||Scene of low-level violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) has spent ages attempting to create a shrinking machine. He has been so obsessed that it has nearly cost him his marriage. The day he realises that no one will take him seriously is the day he discovers that his machine actually works. Unfortunately, he is not there at the time and it shrinks both his daughter Amy (Amy O’Neill) and his son Nick (Robert Oliveri), along with his neighbour’s two children Ron (Jared Rushton) and Russ (Thomas Wilson Brown). When they are accidentally swept into the trash and left on the side of the street the kids must make their way back through their yard, which has suddenly become frightfully dangerous, if they are to have any hope of getting back home and getting back to their regular size.
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.
Dysfunctional families, marital breakdown, children being separated from parents, disrespectful attitudes and children whose lives are in peril.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
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:
Honey I Shrunk the Kids is a science fiction comedy with decent special effects considering it was made in the 1980’s. This is a family film in which families learn to get along and, eventually, appreciate their differences. It is suitable for children over 10 with parental guidance for ages 6-10.
The main messages from this movie are to keep trying, to stick together and to realise that family is not something to take for granted.
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
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