Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence, Crude humour).
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and crude humour|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and crude humour|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Meet Dave|
|Consumer advice lines:||Infrequent violence and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Captain (Eddie Murphy) and his crew including Second in Command (Ed Helms) and Number 3 (Gabrielle Union) crash their spaceship, which is in the form of a human called Dave (also played by Eddie Murphy) on Liberty Island. The group of tiny intergalactic travellers have come to earth to collect all the salt from the world’s oceans. The salt will provide their people with power for generations to come. The only problem, aside from the fact that what they plan to do would destroy all life on earth, is that the spherical device which they need to collect the salt has crashed separately from the ship.
In fact the sphere crashed right through Josh’s bedroom window. Josh (Austyn Myers) is an 11 year-old boy who is small for his age but wants to be a hero like his dad was before he died. Josh lives with his overprotective mother Gina (Elizabeth Banks) who crashes her car into Dave and then does everything she can to make amends.
Meanwhile Dave is running out of power and time. The crew must find the sphere, drain the oceans and get back to their planet, or all will be lost. The sphere is taken from Josh by school bullies and must be tracked down. With help from Josh and his mom Dave’s crew learns all about the complexity and value of human life and take on board far more than they bargained for.
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.
Bullying; interplanetary life
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
There are no additional scenes in this movie that are likely scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen.
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 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern
None of concern
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some name calling and crude language. Including
Meet Dave is a science fiction comedy featuring unusual special effects and a slightly off-beat plot. The film is most likely to be enjoyed by die-hard Eddie Murphy fans and anyone who appreciates crude humour.
The main messages from this movie are that strength and courage come in many different sizes and that what may appear to be useless or inferior at first may prove to be of inestimable value upon closer inspection.
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
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