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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 7 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 5–7||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Paddington|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is a special bear who loves marmalade sandwiches and lives in deepest darkest Peru with his aunt (Imelda Staunton) and uncle (Michael Gambon). But when an earthquake destroys their home Paddington is forced to relocate to London to try and find a new family to live with.
The Brown family find Paddington alone at Paddington Station and reluctantly let him come home with them. Much to the horror of Mr. Brown (Hugh Bonneville), Mrs. Brown (Sally Hawkins) promises to help Paddington find his explorer friend who might give him a home.
Meanwhile, an evil museum taxidermist named Millicent (Nicole Kidman) finds out about Paddington and starts to hunt him down so she can stuff him and put him in her museum. When Paddington is kidnapped, the Brown family realise their love for the bear and must try to save him.
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.
Kidnapping; Loss of a family member; Cruelty to animals; Natural disasters.
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.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is mild sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie that children may imitate, including:
Paddington, based on the well-known children’s books by Michael Bond, is a funny and heart-warming film about being kind to strangers and learning that it is okay to be different. The film is ideal for children over the age of seven. Despite the G rating, it is not suitable for under fives, and parental guidance is recommended for children aged five to seven, because of the violent and scary elements of the film. Our reviewer reports that a number of young children were scared at the preview she attended.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
The film also gives parents an opportunity to discuss how animals should be treated and the real-life consequences of poaching.
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