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Not recommended under 7, PG to 10 (Violence; Scary scenes)
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|Children under 7||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 7-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|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:||Ice Age 4: Continental Drift|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with Manny the Mammoth (voice of Ray Romano) clashing with his teenage daughter Peaches (voice of Keke Palmer) about breaking rules and her relationships with teenage males. Meanwhile Sid the Sloth (voice of John Leguizamo) has his own problems when he is lumbered with his senile granny (voice of Wanda Sykes).
The situation becomes a whole lot worse when Scrat’s (voice of Chris Wedge) ever relentless pursuit of the elusive cursed acorn causes the breaking apart of continental plates. Manny, Diego the sabre-tooth tiger (voice of Denis Leary) and Sid end upadrift on an ice raft headed out to sea after being separated from Peaches and Ellie (voice of Queen Latifah).
Manny, Diego and Sid are desperate to make their way back to Peaches and Ellie and their quest sees them battle against hypnotic shape-shifting sirens and a band of villainous pirates lead by a menacing baboon called Captain Gutt (voice of Peter Dinklage). Diego becomes romantically entwined with a female sabre-tooth named Shira (voice of Jennifer Lopez), who happens to be a member of Captain Gutt’s crew.
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.
Cataclysmic events; the Ice Age; familyrelationships; pirates
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 cartoon action violence and slapstick violence, 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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 in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
Nothing of concern in the movie but a considerable amount of associated merchandise.
Ice Age 4 contains occasional low-level sexual references and some low-level crude humour. For example:
Ice Age 4 contains some occasional low-level flirting. Examples include:
Sid eats the wrong type of berries and becomes paralysed as a result.
Ice Age 4 contains some name calling and low-level putdowns. Examples include:
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is an animated adventure comedy aimed at older children and their families. Under sevens may find some of the film too scary. While the film’s story line is a little thin and character development somewhat lacking the film contains some good comic relief and sight gags and will easily entertain its target audience, particularly those who enjoyed the previous Ice Age films.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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