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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 12 (scary scenes, violence, themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to very scary scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 8-12||Parental guidance may be needed for younger viewers in this age group and for children who may be particularly sensitive to its scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 12||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:||Monster House|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild scary scenes, Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mr Nebbercracker (voiced by Steve Buscemi) lives in a spooky old house in the middle of the street. Whenever a child walks, rides, throws a ball, in fact does anything on his lawn he comes out and yells and screams and is generally nasty to the child.
DJ (Mitchel Musso) lives across the road from this house and has been keeping a record of all the toys that Mr Nebbercracker takes. On this particular weekend his parents are away and he is being looked after by a babysitter Zee (Maggie Gyllenhhal). He and his friend Chowder (Sam Lerner) are playing basketball and Chowder loses the ball on Mr Nebbercracker’s lawn. When DJ plucks up the courage to get it, Mr Nebbercracker comes out and yells at him and picks him up. At this point Mr Nebbercracker collapses and DJ thinks he has killed the old man.
DJ then finds that The House seems to be trying to attack him. He calls Chowder who initially doesn’t believe him but ends up staying with DJ after experiencing the house’s aggression first hand. They work together to keep an eye on The House but are eventually distracted by a pretty girl called Jenny (Spencer Locke) who is selling sweets for her school. When she heads up the path to try and sell some sweets to The House, the boys go to save her. She also experiences an attack by The House so bands together with the boys to defeat The House and save the neighbourhood.
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.
Death and violence
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.
Children under the age of five will be very scared by most of the violent scenes listed above. Parents are reminded that young children are not reassured when ‘things work out okay in the end’, rather the visual images of the nasty old man and the scary house can stay with them. The humour is also not readily understood by young children. In addition to the 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 will also likely be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.
Older children in this age group could be also be concerned that DJ’s parents are away, and that the babysitter is neither caring nor supportive but rather has a tendency to bully DJ.
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 other scenes in this movie that are likely to upset children of this age, but some of the scenes described above are quite graphic and could be scary for some children at the younger end of this age group.
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 over the age of thirteen are likely to enjoy this movie.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The main message of Monster House is that it is best not to take things on face value but to find out the real reason behind someone’s actions. 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 how destructive it can to be hold onto negative emotions, and that in the end, it is not material things that matter but the relationships you have with others.
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