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PG under 5 (Adult themes including death, disturbing images)
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|Children under 5||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes, including death and some scary or disturbing scenes|
|Children over the age of 5||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:||Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is the 243-year-old mysterious and eccentric owner of Mr. Magorium’s Wonderful Emporium, “the most fantastic, most magical, most wonderful, toy store in the world.” It is a store where toys come to life and magically pop out of books, and where rooms magically change their appearance depending on the need of the user. Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) is the store manager, who spends much of her time doubting herself and dreaming of becoming a concert pianist. Also assisting Mr. Magorium and Molly is nine-year-old Eric, (Zach Mills) a lonely boy with unique talents, who finds it difficult to make friends his own age.
Mr. Magorium hires an accountant named Henry Weston (Jason Bateman) to determine the store’s worth. Mr. Magorium announces that he will soon be departing from this world as he is down to his last pair of shoes, and that Molly will inherit his store after he is gone. But Molly doubts both herself and her ability to create magic and rejects Magorium’s offer of the store. Molly is not the only one unhappy about Mr. Magorium’s departure, the store itself throws a temper tantrum with toys rebelling out of control and the shop’s bright red walls bubbling and turning grey as though infected with a disease.
When Mr. Magorium dies, Molly decides that she doesn’t have the sparkle or magic needed to run the store, and gets Henry to put the store up for sale. However, when a buyer is found and the time comes to sell, Henry objects.
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 life after death, magic
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.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium contains very occasional low level slapstick violence. 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 over 5 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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 over 8 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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 13 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
None of concern.
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium contains very occasional low level coarse language and some mild name-calling. Examples include:
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is an entertaining, fun family film full of toys and magic. The film contained a number of adult themes and messages, and younger children may find sections of the film meaningless, or uninteresting.
The main messages from the film include:
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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