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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 10 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 7–10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 10||Ok for this age group, though may lack interest.|
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 Sweet Monster|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Princess Barbara (voice of Haylie Duff) was very sick as a baby and, as a consequence, her father, the King, has spent a lifetime trying to protect her and make sure no harm comes her way. She lives a very sheltered life, guarded by three protective nannies (all voiced by Olga Gunkina) but loves to read heroic tales and, through shared letters, has fallen in love with a supposed prince. When an evil postman named Bundy Joyce (voice of Pauley Shore) discovers the content of the letters, he tries to blackmail the princess into giving him a kiss. When she refuses, he discovers the King’s secret, a small supply of healing water that helps bring life to those who use it. Bundy seizes the vial of water and forces the King to give him his daughter in marriage. Barbara flees from the palace while Bundy pursues her. She is knocked unconscious and taken prisoner by Rabbit (voice of Josh Wilson) and Bogey (voice of Jon Heder), a half-human, half-beast creature who has been charged by Mother Nature with looking after the forest. They intend to take her back to the castle to collect a reward but things change when Barbara saves Bogey’s life. As Bundy assembles a robotic army to locate the princess and destroy her captors, he stumbles upon the source of the magic water and tries to take everything for himself. Barbara, Bogey and Rabbit must join forces to save the forest, the kingdom and also themselves.
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.
Blackmail; Forced marriage; The power of fear; Greed; Environmental degradation and the gross misappropriation of resources.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
No coarse language was noted in this movie but there is some name calling, including:
My Sweet Monster is an animated, musical adventure. The film has a stereotypical plot and while it seems to be aimed at younger children due to the graphics and storyline, the themes and general content are really suited to older audiences. However, the film also may lack interest for children over 10.
The main messages from this movie are to follow your heart as well as your dreams; and to look after the environment, for the earth’s resources are not unlimited and there are catastrophic consequences for excessive greed.
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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