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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 13 (violence and coarse language)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and coarse language.|
|Children aged 12–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and coarse language.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||My Spy|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, action violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
My Spy begins in the Ukraine where tough CIA agent JJ (Dave Bautista) is on a mission to capture crime syndicate leader Victor Marquez (Greg Bryk). JJ manages to take out the enemy, however, at the same time he also kills all of his own team and Victor manages to escape. JJ is recalled to Langley where he is put on surveillance duties watching Kate (Parisa Fitz-Henley) and her nine year old daughter Sophie (Chloe Coleman). Kate has recently moved to the US from France after her husband David, Victor's brother and fellow criminal, was killed. The CIA believes Kate might still be in contact with her brother-in-law although it is known that they hated each other.
Sophie is having difficulty adjusting to her new school and classmates, who tease her for being different. However, Sophie is a smart girl and, when she discovers a spy camera in her apartment, she goes looking for the agents. Sophie outwits JJ and his assistant Bobbi (Kristen Schaal) and blackmails them into using them to her advantage. JJ must accompany Sophie to school for ‘special persons' day’ and Sophie soon becomes more accepted by her peers. She also blackmails JJ into teaching her how to become a spy as this is what she wants to be when she grows up. The two end up becoming best of unlikely friends and JJ also falls for Sophie’s Mum, Kate. However, JJ and Sophie end up in a perilous state when Victor returns and kidnaps Sophie.
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.
CIA; Spying; Single parenting; Crime syndicates.
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 a lot of violence in this movie involving several realistic gun battles, car chases and explosions. 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.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
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:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
My Spy is a comedy/action movie with non-stop action. The violence is real and not tamed down for children, however there is no blood and gore or depictions of dead people. This movie is also quite intense in parts and with frequent coarse language, therefore, it is not suitable for children under 12 but is likely to appeal to teens and adults.
The main messages from this movie are not to judge people by their appearances and that people are not all good or bad but a mixture of both.
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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