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Not recommended under 5, PG to 8 (Scary scenes. Viol.)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to scary scenes and violence|
|Children aged 5-8||Parental guidance recommended|
|Children over the age of 8||Should be okay with or without parental guidance|
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:||Night at the Museum|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, Mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is a dreamer with big plans that never take off. He has no job, is about to be evicted from his apartment, and is told by his ex-wife Erica (Kim Raver) that their son Nick (Jake Cherry) needs more stability than Larry currently offers. Larry puts aside his dreams and takes the first job he can get, night watchman at New York’s Museum of Natural History. Larry is to replace three former guards (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs), who are being retired.
As Larry commences his first night, the museum comes to life, brought about by the magical effects of a solid gold ancient Egyptian tablet. Various exhibits become animated including a T-Rex skeleton exhibit that wants to play fetch with one of its rib bones, miniature cowboys led by Jedidiah (Owen Wilson) battling Roman centurions led by a general named Octavius (Steve Coogan), a wax statue of Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), who becomes Larry’s mentor, numerous African animals, a mischievous monkey, Attila the Hun, Neanderthals and Christopher Columbus. Larry’s first night becomes utter chaos, but with the assistance of Teddy Roosevelt he manages to survive his first night.
For the sake of his relationship with his son, Larry agrees to continue for another night, but this night turns out to be just as much of a fiasco. The following night he takes Nick to work with him to show him what happens. During the night Larry discovers that the former guards are trying to steal the magical gold tablet and Larry, Nick and the rest of the museum’s exhibits must try to stop them.
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.
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 several images and scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including:
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 may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
It is unlikely that anything in this movie would scare or disturb children over the age of eight.
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.
In is unlikely that anything in this movie would scare or disturbe children in this age group.
One brief scene of people at a party during which at one point the word “Tequila” is shouted out during a dance song.
Infrequent low level coarse language and several instances of verbal putdowns.
Night at the Museum is quite well done, but does not deliver as well as it could have in terms of storyline or character development, becoming less funny as it progresses. Most older children and adolescents should find the film entertaining and enjoyable to view, as will many adults. The main messages from this movie are the importance of pursuing your dreams and developing positive relationships. Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include perseverance, commitment and compassion.
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