Not suitable under 13, PG to 15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 13-15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this age group|
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:||Lone Ranger, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens in 1933 where a young boy dressed in a Lone Ranger costume is visiting a Wild West Show and comes face to face with an elderly Native American, Tonto (Jonny Depp) who is part of a display. Tonto trades a dead mouse for the boy’s bag of peanuts, and then tells the boy the true story of the origins of the Lone Ranger.
As Tonto tells his story the film jumps back in time to the American West of 1869 where we find Territorial Prosecutor John Reid (Armie Hammer) on a train. On the same train is the outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), who is in custody and being transported to Colby in Texas to be hanged for a multitude of crimes. Also held in custody is Tonto, a Comanche, who for reasons of his own has deliberately had himself arrested and placed on the train with Cavendish. Before the train can reach Colby, Butch acquires a gun hidden beneath some floor boards, shoots the guards and escapes.
Upon arrival in Colby, John Reid is promptly deputised into the Texas Rangers by his older brother Dan Reid (James Badge Dale). A posse of Texas Rangers including the two brothers is ordered by railway tycoon Col (Tony Wilkinson) to find Butch and bring him back to Colby to be hanged.
Unfortunately the Rangers don’t get far before they are ambushed by Butch and his gang of outlaws and massacred. Tonto, having recently escaped from custody, arrives on the scene and not only saves John’s life, but transforms him into the masked “Lone Ranger”.
The remainder of the film portrays a series of adventures as the Lone Ranger and Tonto attempt to bring Butch to justice.
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.
Revenge; outlaws; the massacre of Native Americans; cannibalism
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 sequences of intense action violence (at times brutal), numerous deaths, one scene depicting a cannibalistic act, and some blood and gore. 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, 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the violent and disturbing 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 may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and by the frequent violence, particularly in scenes involving children.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
None in the film but associated products such as Lego being merchandised to young children.
The film contains a few sexual references and some innuendo. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film has some coarse language and name calling. Examples include:
The Lone Ranger is a comedy western targeting a wide ranging audience. It tells the familiar story of the masked Lone Ranger from the unfamiliar perspective of his side-kick, Tonto. The numerous subplots make it rather confusing, it is very long and some of the humour seems juvenile, but it is likely to be enjoyed by Johnny Depp fans. It features over-the-top action, with a number of violent and scary scenes which make it unsuitable for children under 13 and some teens. Children may be particularly disturbed by references to, and scenes of, cannibalism and scenes of harm done to children.
Parents may wish to discuss the film’s portrayal of the question of revenge and justice and how the law deals with this. Tonto wants revenge against the men who massacred his tribe, while the Lone Ranger wants justice for his murdered brother and finds it hard to work within the law.
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