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Lacks interest and not recommended under 8, PG to 10 (Themes and violence)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to lack of interest and violence|
|Children 8-10||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and violence|
|Children 11 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:||Old Dogs|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and comedic violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Dan (Robin Williams) is a successful business man on the cusp of a multi-million dollar business deal when he receives a phone call from Vicki (Kelly Preston), a woman he married for one night seven years before during a hazy night out with his best mate and business partner, Charlie (John Travolta). Vicki shares news of the 7 year old twins Dan fathered from that night and encourages him to meet the twins, Emily (Ella Bleu Travolta) and Zac (Connor Rayburn).
The story becomes complicated when Vicki has to go to jail for two weeks on a peaceful protesting charge and her babysitter is injured. Dan and Charlie step in to look after the children for the two weeks, Dan as the overprotective and anxious new dad and Charlie as the irresponsible but sensitive uncle. This is a recipe for silly adventures and humorous incidents as Dan learns about the ups and downs of being a dad.
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.
Children with a parent in jail; children separated from their mother and left with someone they hardly know; death of a beloved dog
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 frequent comedic violence and accidental harm 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.
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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent and disturbing scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could 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.
No additional scenes
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 mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Old Dogs is a comedy about family commitment.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of family, honesty, and friendship.
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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