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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 12 (scary scenes)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to scary scenes.|
|Children aged 7–12||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 12||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:||How the Grinch Stole Christmas|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), also known as, The Grinch, is a Christmas tale based on a Dr Seuss book. It tells the story of the Grinch (Jim Carey) who lives on Mt Crumpit, a lonely place in the hills behind Whoville. The Grinch is a grumpy character and most of the residents of Whoville fear the Grinch’s evil ways. There is one little girl though, Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), who sees past the Grinch’s evil facade and becomes curious about his grouchy ways. Cindy Lou is curious about other things too and wonders whether the hustle and bustle of Whoville at Christmas is truly representative of the Christmas spirit. So, in an attempt to instil a little of the real Christmas spirit, Cindy Lou decides to take on the Grinch and find out why it is that he hates Christmas!!
When Cindy Lou invites the Grinch to the annual Christmas ‘Who-bration’ he is reluctant to come, but he is lonely and after some hesitation he decides to give the people of Whoville a go. The Grinch is accepted with open arms and he immerses himself happily in the Whoville Christmas spirit until his childhood nemesis, Augustus May Who (Jeffrey Tambor), reminds the Grinch of his traumatic childhood and the torment he suffered.
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.
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.
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:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Christmas tale of a grumpy Grinch’s attempt to steal Christmas, and of one little girl’s journey to stop him and return the real Christmas spirit back to the town of Whoville. Not suitable for children under 7 due to scary scenes and parental guidance is recommended to 12.
The main messages from this movie are about finding the true spirit of Christmas in your family and loved ones, rather than the superficial.
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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