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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 11 (scary scenes, mild violence and adult themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to scary visual images, mild violence and adult themes.|
|Children aged 8–11||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes, mild violence and adult themes.|
|Children over the age of 11||Ok for this age group but some children may have questions about the adult themes in this film.|
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:||Labyrinth|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is a petulant and whiny teenager, lost in her own fantasy world and reluctant to grow up. She is annoyed when her dad and stepmother ask her to stay at home and babysit her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud). Toby won’t stop crying and Sarah is so frustrated that she wishes the Goblin King would come and steal him away. Suddenly the house becomes silent and Sarah realises with horror that her wish has been granted and Toby has been taken. In moments, the Goblin King (David Bowie) himself appears mysteriously in her bedroom. He has whisked the baby away to his Kingdom and if Sarah wants him back she has only 13 hours to solve the labyrinth that surrounds the castle and rescue the baby. If she can’t make it, Toby will become a goblin and be lost forever. Sarah bravely enters The Labyrinth, meeting many strange creatures and discovering that nothing is quite how it seems.
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.
Fantasy; Supernatural; Magic; Kidnapping; Coming of Age; Loss of Innocence; Puppets.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language and crude humour in this movie, including:
Even if it was originally a box office flop, the quirky 1986 film, Labyrinth, is now a cult classic. It does pull together some exceptional talent: Jim Henson’s (Sesame Street and The Muppets) incredible, pre-CGI, puppetry skills; Terry Jones’ (of Monty Python fame) writing; and of course, an 80s rock soundtrack by David Bowie. For younger audiences it is a dark fairy-tale quest, epic, full of thrills and crazy characters. For other, slightly older viewers, it could be a coming-of-age film full of symbolism; an allegory of a young girl leaving her childhood, shedding her innocence and realising her power. Although a little dated now, it is still a very entertaining film for children in the 8-10 age bracket (with parental guidance), and a bit of a laugh for the adults or anyone who enjoys watching David Bowie swagger about in revealing leggings and a feathered mullet.
The main messages from this movie are that: childhood is like a labyrinth – it can be a dark and dangerous place, full of uncertainty where things are not as they seem; with persistence and good friends to guide us, we can find a way through and resist evil and temptations; Sarah is a good positive role model - even though she is a bit petulant and whiny to start with, she shows courage, persistence and kindness on her journey.
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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