- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Top Tips
- Take Action
Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 12 (scary scenes, frightening visual images, science fiction themes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 8
|Not suitable due to scary scenes, frightening visual images, and science fiction themes.
|Children aged 8–12
|Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes, frightening visual images, and science fiction themes.
|Children aged 13 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:
|Mitchells, The vs. The Machines
|Consumer advice lines:
|Mild Crude Humour, Mild Themes, Mild Violence, Scary Scenes
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), an odd-ball student filmmaker, lives with her outdoorsy dad, Rick (voiced by Danny McBride); her wholesome but imperfect mum, Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph); and her dinosaur-obsessed younger brother, Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda). After being accepted into film school, Katie thinks she has finally gotten the chance to get away from the father who has never really understood her. But when Katie and her dad get into an argument, he decides to cancel her plane ticket to college and take the family on a cross-country road trip to Katie’s college and attempt to resolve their differences. As the trip progresses, Katie struggles to connect with her dad while staying connected online with her new film school friends. Meanwhile, Mark (voiced by Eric André), founder of global technology superpower, PAL Labs, abandons his original phone-based creation, PAL the virtual assistant (voiced by Olivia Colman), and announces a new addition to their ‘smart’ technology – robot assistants – using their artificial intelligence software. In retaliation for this betrayal, PAL the virtual assistant decides to hijack the robots, capture all humans, and rid the planet of humanity. As the rest of the human race is captured, the Mitchells somehow find they are the only humans left on the planet. With the help of two defective PAL robots ‘masquerading’ as humans, Eric (voiced by Beck Bennett) and Deborahbot 5000 (voiced by Fred Armisen), the Mitchells must battle robots, evil home appliances, and their own difficulty working together, to save humanity and their family.
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.
Parent-child discord; Unhealthy comparisons with others; Science fiction apocalyptic themes.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an animated, family comedy from the creators of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. With creative animation styles; use of both slapstick and verbal comedy; and moral messages of family cohesion and understanding, this film is likely to entertain both children and adults alike. However, due to scary scenes and visual images, this film is not suitable for children under 8 years old, and parental guidance is recommended to 12 years old due to science fiction themes of a robot apocalypse and family discord that may distress younger viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that understanding the experiences of others – especially those who are different to ourselves – allows us to be more compassionate and to get along better; and that listening to the ideas of others and appreciating their unique perspective of a situation can be a valuable tool when learning and problem solving.
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:
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.
ABN: 16 005 214 531