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Not recommended under 13, parental guidance recommended 13 to 15 due to violence, disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language.
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 15 and over||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:||Hunt for the Wilderpeople|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a twelve-year-old foster child, who is described by Child Protective Services worker Paula (Rachel House) as a “Bad egg”. He has been involved in vandalism, graffiti and theft. Ricky is fostered out to a kind-hearted couple, Bella and Hector (Rima Te waita and Sam Neil), who run a farm on the edge of rugged bushland. Ricky quickly warms to Bella and while Hector has a gruff exterior, he begins to accept Ricky.
Just as Ricky begins to feel as if he belongs at the farm, disaster strikes when Bella suddenly dies. Hector is left distraught and Ricky is destined to be returned to Protective Services. Believing that Protective Services will put him in juvenile detention, Ricky decides to escape into the rugged New Zealand bush, and when Hector realises what Ricky is up to he heads into the bush to bring Ricky home. Unfortunately when Hector catches up with Ricky, more bad luck strikes. Hector breaks his leg, forcing Ricky and Hector to stay in the bush for several weeks.
When Hector’s leg finally heals enough for the pair to limp back to civilisation they discover that they are the focus of a massive manhunt with the police believing that Hector, who now has a bounty on his head, is a pervert who has kidnapped Ricky. They now go on the run across New Zealand, evading the police and bounty hunters alike. Along the way they have perilous encounters with wildlife and meet colourful characters including Psycho Sam (Rhys Darby) before they are eventually taken into custody.
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.
Foster care and families; child protection and child abuse; youth crime
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.
The film contains violent scenes involving both people and animals which include a number of scenes of Ricky shooting with a rifle. There are some blood and gore. Examples include:
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.
The death of the dog and the scene when Ricky finds Hector crying over his wife’s body may be also be distressing for this age group
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.
Younger children in this age group may find some scenes disturbing
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie and references to substance use. Examples include:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a heart-warming and funny film about family, friendship and belonging, being a teenager and rebelling against authority. A real magic exists between Sam Neil as Hector, the gruff loner, and Julian Dennison as Ricky. As well as the serious themes, there are some very funny one-liners and moments of comedy relief.
Younger children may be upset by the violence which includes scenes of animals being killed and injured, and the themes and coarse language also make the film more suitable for older viewers. It is therefore not recommended for children under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for the 13 to 15 age group.
The main message from this movie is that a good relationship with understanding adult or adults can make big changes in a child’s life.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also like to discuss Ricky’s situation as a young offender, why he behaved like he did and the way in which foster parents can turn a child’s life around. They may also like to discuss the stereotyped way in which the Child Protective Services and other authorities are portrayed and how this relates to reality.
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