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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Viol.)
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|Children under 8||Due to the frequent use of violence this film is not recommended for children under the age of eight.|
|Children aged 8-13||Children between the ages of 8-13 could view this film with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Children over the age of thirteen could see this film with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Kicking and Screaming|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) has been stigmatised as a klutz from an early age and desperately wants is to make his athletic, competitive, father (Robert Duvall) proud of him. He isn’t able to achieve this and when he grows up, instead of joining his father in the sporting goods business, opens a vitamin store. Phil marries his college sweetheart (Kate Walsh) and within a year they have a son, Sam (Dylan McLaughlan). On the same day his father and his father’s new wife also have a son, Buckie.
Sam and Buckie grow up together and both play for the same soccer team coached by the elder Mr. Weston. While Buckie shows the makings of a true soccer champion, Sam is used as a ‘benchwarmer’. When the coach trades Sam to the losing team, Phil winds up becoming that team’s coach. At first he encourages the kids to get out there and have fun and then he decides to prove to his father that he is capable of coaching the team to the championships. Enlisting the help of former hall-of-famer Mike Ditka (who plays himself) and some local Italian talent, Phil and his team enjoy victory after victory, until all Phil can see is his ultimate goal of winning.
It takes a wake-up call from Sam to make him realise that while his tactics may win him the game, they may also lose him his son. In the end Phil realises the importance of encouraging the kids to use their own talents, allowing them to simply be kids and most importantly ensuring that they just enjoy playing the game.
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.
Kicking and Screaming contains frequent use of violence, much of which appears to have no consequences, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There are a few scenes in the film that may frighten and confuse younger viewers, including:
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 by the material 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.
Some younger children in the eight to thirteen age bracket could also be concerned 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.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen would be frightened by this film.
Coach Weston makes a commercial for himself and his store using the line ‘He’s Got Balls!’ as his advertising slogan.
None of concern.
There is some mild use of substances:
The film contains some minor coarse language and a lot of name-calling, including:
The movie’s main message is that winning means different things to different people, and that when it comes to sports it doesn’t matter who comes out ahead, the most important thing is having fun. This movie could provide parents with the opportunity to discuss what sportsmanship is and what it really means to play well.
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