Not recommended under 7; parental guidance recommended 7-9 due to violence and scary scenes
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|Children under 7||Not recommended due to violence, and scary scenes and characters|
|Children aged 7 to 9||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, and scary scenes and characters|
|Children aged 10 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.
|Name of movie:||Nut Job 2: Nutty by nature.|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Nut Job 2 is an animated movie in which Surly (voice of Will Arnett), a squirrel, leads a group of forest animals who have been living the life of luxury in a derelict nut shop. The animals have become lazy and fat and Andie (Katherine Heigl) tries to make a difference by teaching the young squirrels to forage for their food. They are reluctant to learn, however, as food is easily come by in the nut shop. This all changes one day when the nut shop explodes and the animals have to learn how find food in the park. This option is then threatened when the Mayor of Oakton (Bobby Moynihan) decides to turn the park into an amusement park, mainly to please his spoilt daughter Heather (Isabella Moner). The animals are trapped by animal controllers and forced out of the park.
The animals decide to fight for their park and much mayhem ensues when they attack the amusement park to win back their territory.
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.
Conservation versus development
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 and accidental harm in this movie, mostly done for laughs. Some 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.
Some of the younger children in this age group could be scared by the above-mentioned scenes
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.
OK for this age group
Nothing of concern, although there is likely to be associated merchandise.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including name calling such as ‘moron’ and ‘ignorant layabouts’.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by nature is an animated comic movie which has some quite dark humour in it. It is also action packed and quite intense and scary for younger viewers. It is not recommended for children under seven but will probably be enjoyed by older children.
The main messages from this movie are that ‘individually we might be tiny but together we are giants’ and that nothing in life is free – we have to work to live.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss Heather’s character as a good example of how not to behave.
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