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Lacks interest under 5, OK for children over 5.
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|Children under 5||Lacks interest for this age group|
|Children 5 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:||Mr Poppers Penguins|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Funny man Jim Carey plays the successful New York commercial realtor Tom Popper. Whilst incredibly succesful in his business, Mr Popper struggles to maintain a meaningful relationship with his two childen, Janie (Madeline Carroll) and Billy (Maxwell Perry Cotton). Tom also had an estranged relationship with his own father who chose to sail around the world rather than spend time with him as a child.
Tom’s life changes dramatically when his father dies and leaves him 6 rare penguins. Tom is determined to give the penguins away to the New York zoo. However when he notices that the penguins bring him closer to his children and his ex-wife, Amanda (Carla Gugino), he decides to keep them for a while. Slapstick antics take over as the cute penguins wiggle their way into Tom’s life and heart. Pretty soon Tom has developed a genuine caring relationship with the creatures, his relationship with his two children has begun to mend and the potential of love re-blossoming with Amanda is becoming a firm reality.
Tom’s work colleagues, however, decide that Tom is losing his mind and he is threatened with dismissal unless he convinces the difficult Mrs Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury) to sell one of the most sought after properties in New York, the Tavern on the Green. Tom begins to unravel as the competing demands of work, parenting and caring for six rare penguins take their toll.
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.
Divorce, death of a parent
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 scene, 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.
Throughout the movie there is a secondary storyline involving Amanda and Tom who are the divorced parents of Janie and Billy. The end of the movie is unrealistic as Amanda and Tom reunite in a simplistic way. Some children from separated families (particularly those in the 5-10 year age group) may be confused or upset because they too want their parents to reunite.
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.
Nothing of concern
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.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language and toilet humour in this movie that children may imitate. Examples include:
Mr Popper’s Penguins is a feel good family comedy about the journey of a man as he discovers the value and importance of family.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss divorce and its impact on families.
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