Not recommended under 8s, PG to 13 (Viol. Scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Some violent scenes, scenes in which children are under threat, and the death of a parent character may be scary or upsetting for children under 8.|
|Children aged 8-13||This film would be suitable for children 8-13 years with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Children aged 13 years and over would be able to see this film 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.
|Name of movie:||Pacifier, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Medium level violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Experienced navy SEAL Lieutenant Shane Wolfe (Vin Diesel) leads a mission to rescue Professor Howard Plummer, who has invented a ‘top secret’ military tracking device, GHOST. Events go awry and Professor Plummer is killed, with the GHOST device still missing. Suspecting that clues to its whereabouts may be hidden at Professor Plummer’s home, Shane is sent there to find it. In the process, he is given the task of protecting Professor Plummer’s five children and their nanny Helga (Carol Kane), while their mother (Faith Ford) goes to Zurich to discover what Professor Plummer has hidden in a safe deposit box there.
Neither Shane nor the grieving children, Zoe, Seth, Lulu, Peter and baby Tyler, are pleased with this turn of events. Shane is particularly upset by what he perceives as the lack discipline and respect in the children and tries to enforce his military standards to achieve order, while monitoring the children’s safety and find the GHOST device. Shane’s rules meet strong resistance and mutinous behaviour from the children, made worse with the comical resignation of Helga.
After a frightening break-in by two masked assailants, during which Shane defends the family, the children come to respect Shane’s authority and advise. He also learns more of the problems that each of them face, and in time, learns lessons himself about family and parenting. When Mrs Plummer returns home, she and the children must work together with Shane one more time to finally solve the mystery of who was responsible for their father’s death and the location of the GHOST device.
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 are a number of violent scenes in this movie:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned scenes, there are a number of scenes which may be scary for younger viewers :
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 or scared 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.
Some children in the 8 to 13 age bracket could be disturbed by some of the above 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.
Children over the age of 13 are not likely to be frightened by this movie.
Huggies nappies are used in one scene in which the baby is changed.
Shane was shown drinking a beverage from a can at night after the children had gone to bed, but it was not explicit that the beverage was alcohol.
No coarse language is used in this movie (although the put-downs ‘loser’ and ‘jerk’ were used).
The film’s take home message is the importance and value of family. Values parents may wish to encourage include:
The following content could be used by parents to discuss with their children what their own family’s values are, and what the real life consequences can be of some actions and attitudes, such as:
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