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Not suitable under 10. not recommended 10-12, PG 12-14 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 10-12||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
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:||Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark|
|Consumer advice lines:||M (Note that earlier versions were rated PG. The content of the new DVD is virtually unchanged but the rating has changed due to enhanced effects)|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Raiders of the Lost Ark is set in the year 1936 where we find Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), archaeologist and “obtainer of rare antiquities” deep in the South American jungle searching for lost treasure. Jones finds his treasure, a gold statue, in an ancient temple infested with booby traps. After surviving the dangers of the temple and fleeing with the gold statue, Jones is confronted by an old adversary Rene Bellog (Paul Freeman), who promptly steals the statue while Jones narrowly escapes with his life.
Back in the USA, Jones is approached by two US army intelligence agents who inform him that the Nazis have discovered the ancient city of Tanis near Cairo. Jones realises that the Nazis must be close to locating the resting place of the lost Ark of the Covenant. Fearing that the power contained within the Ark may fall into the hands of the Nazis, the US Government hires Indiana Jones to recover the lost Ark before the Nazis.
Jones heads to Nepal in search of Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), a girlfriend from his past, who possesses a medallion critical to locating the tomb that contains the Ark. He then heads to Cairo where he enlists the help of an old friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) in his quest.
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.
Archaeology; the supernatural; biblical myths and legends; Nazism
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 Raiders of the Lost Ark contains intense action violence and peril throughout. Most of the violence is not graphic and is deliberately overdone for comic effect. The heroes of the film remain relatively injury free. However, the film does at times depict more brutal violence, has a high body count and depicts some blood and gore and gruesome images. 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, Raiders of the Lost Ark contains images capable of scaring and/or disturbing children under the age of five. Parents are strongly cautioned that one scene in particular towards the end of the film contains horror images together with blood and gore which younger children may find very disturbing and frightening. Examples include:
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be scared or disturbed by the scenes described above.
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by 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.
Some children in this age group are also likely to be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
Raiders of the Lost Ark contains some sexual references. Examples include:
The film contains some sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Raiders of the Lost Ark contains occasional coarse language and name calling. Examples include:
Raiders of the Lost Ark targeting an adolescent and adult audience is a blockbuster action adventure film that entertains from start to finish. Harrison Ford’s performance created one of the greatest action adventure heroes of all time. The film has a high fright factor and a high body count. Parents are cautioned that the film contains horror images together with the depiction of blood and gore which younger children may find very disturbing and frightening.
The main messages from the film include:
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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