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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 9 (animated violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6–9||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 9||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:||Minions: The Rise of Gru|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Young Gru (voice of Steve Carell) dreams of becoming a super villain. When his favourite criminal gang have an opening, he applies to be their 6th villain but is laughed at and ridiculed right out of the room. On his way out, he steals a legendary necklace they stole as part of their evil plan to wreak havoc on the world. In a high speed chase, the necklace winds up in the hands of a minion (voice of Pierre Coffin) who, despite his promises of looking after the stone, quickly trades it for another rock. With his plans of getting into the super villain gang now completely dashed, Gru fires his minions and sets off alone to try to recover the necklace. Gru barely makes it down the street before he is kidnapped by henchmen working for Wild Knuckles (voice of Alan Arkin), the original leader of the super villain gang. When the ransom phone call comes, the minions step up to save the day, setting off to find the necklace and rescue Gru. Meanwhile, Gru saves Wild Knuckles’ life and soon the pair are hatching plots and conducting criminal activities together, with Gru learning from the master himself. When the super villain gang finally catches up to him they are soon to discover that powerful things come in small packages and that you should never underestimate a boy and his minions.
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; Crime; Violence as a means to solve conflict.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
No coarse language was noted in this movie, however, there is some name calling, including:
Minions: The Rise of Gru is a Pixar animated adventure with a fast paced, albeit predictable, plot. The charming antics of the loveable minions will not disappoint and, though not suitable for very young viewers, the film will appeal to kids over five, (with parental guidance to nine) along with the young at heart.
The main messages from this movie are to follow your dreams and to remember that even the smallest of us are capable of great things.
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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