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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 10 (mild scary scenes and sad themes)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to some scary scenes and sad themes.|
|Children aged 7–10||Parental guidance recommended due to mild scary scenes and sad themes.|
|Children over the age of 10||Ok for this age group though parents should be aware that there are some sad themes (death of a parent).|
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:||Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild Themes, scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a Christmas musical fantasy movie. It tells the story of Jeronicus Jangles (Forest Whitaker (and Justin Cornwell as young Jeronicus)), a brilliant inventor and engineer of imaginative toys, who owns the magical and beautiful toyshop, ‘Jangles and Things’. Everything takes a downward turn for Jeronicus when his apprentice Gustafson (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his book of inventions, as well as his most prized new toy, the animated talking matador doll, Don Juan Diego (voice of Ricky Martin). Gustafson sets up his own toy empire with the stolen ideas and Jeronicus is deeply hurt by his apprentice’s betrayal. Slowly, Jangles and Things sinks into financial ruin. When his wife Joanne (Sharon Rose) dies and his daughter Jessica (Annika Noni Rose) grows distant and leaves him alone, Jeronicus is a sad man whose once magical toyshop is now a run-down pawn shop. Just when things are at their worst, Jeronicus is surprised by the arrival of his young granddaughter, Journey (Madalen Mills), whom he has never met before. Disarmed by her infectious, unconditional love and affection for him, as well as by her brilliant intelligence, Jeronicus begins to see things more positively. Journey shares her grandfather’s passion for inventing, and she is not just brilliant, she also has the innocent imagination and belief that only a child can bring. Journey’s belief in magic and the impossible breathes new life into the discarded inventions in Jeronicus’ workshop. Gustafson, on the other hand, is quickly running out of stolen inventions and has his sights set on stealing whatever he can from Jeronicus. Journey and Jeronicus must rescue their latest invention from Gustafson and bring it to life in time for Christmas.
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.
Christmas; Musical; Inventions and Engineering; Fantasy; Magic; Death of a parent; Father, daughter and granddaughter relationships; Breaking moulds; Accepting difference.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a fun and different twist on the usual holiday movie genre. What it lacks in coherent plotlines, it makes up for with great musical numbers, fantastic costumes and some lovely positive messages about family, forgiveness and the magical powers of belief and imagination. The central character of Journey, a young ten-year-old with a passion for inventing, is a wonderful positive role model whose twinkling brightness and spark is delightful. Whilst smaller children will enjoy the music and dancing (even if they get a bit lost in the story), parents should be aware that there are a few scenes that some children might find mildly scary.
The main messages from this movie are that being different is something to be embraced even when it feels tough; that imagination and belief are just as important as facts and calculations; and that it is never too late for forgiveness and redemption.
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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