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Not suitable under 12, PG 12-14 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable 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 Temple of Doom|
|Consumer advice lines:||Medium level violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This film is set in 1935, one year before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark. We find Indian Jones (Harrison Ford) wheeling and dealing in a nightclub in Hong Kong with a Chinese gangster named Lao Che (Roy Chiao). Things don’t go as planned and Jones finds himself on the run with nightclub singer Wilhelmina (Willie) Scott (Kate Capshaw) and a young boy named Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan). The trio making their escape by boarding a plane headed out of Hong Kong.
Unfortunately things go from bad to worse when the plane runs out of fuel and the trio are forced to bale out somewhere over the Himalayas. They find themselves in a poverty stricken village in British India. From the village elder we learn that the village’s sacred Sankara Stone, a magical stone which ensures the village’s wellbeing and prosperity was stolen by men from Pankot Palace along with all of the village’s children.
Inspired by the notion of fame and fortune Indiana agrees to go to Pankot Palace and recover the village’s sacred stone and lost children. It is this quest that leads him to the Temple of Doom.
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.
Cults and rituals; human sacrifice; child slavery and mistreatment
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 intense action violence throughout; most of which is completely over the top and unrealistic and some of which is performed by young boys. While some of the violence is slapstick, with the film’s heroes remaining mostly injury free, the film does contain graphic images of brutal violence including the depiction of blood and gore.
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 a likely to scare or disturb children under 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.
Children in this age group may also be scared or disturbed by the scenes mentioned 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 violent and disturbing 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 may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned violent and disturbing scenes.
None of concern
The film contains some sexual references and innuendo. Examples include:
The film contains some partial nudity and occasional sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains occasional mild coarse language and name calling. Examples include:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the second in this series and not in the same league as Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film’s story is somewhat incoherent and the film relies heavily on shock factors, spectacular stunts and chase scenes to entertain. Parents are strongly cautioned that there are many violent scenes and gruesome images capable of disturbing children and younger teens.
The main message from the film is that chasing after fame and fortune is a dangerous business.
Parents may wish to discuss the film’s stereotypical portrayal of women as useless weak individuals, who need constant looking after and get in the way at the wrong times.
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