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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (violence, themes, language)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, language and themes.|
|Children aged 8–10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, language and themes.|
|Children over the age of 10||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:||Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After being rescued by a samurai as a child, canine Hank (voice of Michael Cera) dreams of becoming a samurai himself and, in order to train to become one, he travels to a kingdom ruled and occupied by cats. Unaware of the deep-seated prejudice, suspicion and hatred towards dogs, Hank finds himself thrown in prison while awaiting execution. Tasked with the responsibility of finding a replacement samurai for the nearby village of Kakamucho, the evil Ika Cha (voice of Ricky Gervais) secretly hopes to wipe the village off the map and comes up with a plot to give the village the worst samurai possible, thereby ensuring their death and demise. Ika Cha bestows the title of Samurai upon Hank moments before he is to be killed and sends him to what he hopes will be an alternate death as well as an end to his problem of what to do about the village. Unfortunately for Ika Cha, young Emiko (voice of Kylie Kuioka) intervenes and stops everyone from harming Hank. At a loss for what he is supposed to do, Hank enlists the help of the legendary, yet disgraced, Samurai Jimbo (voice of Samuel L. Jackson), whose guidance enables Hank to face the giant Sumo (voice of Djimon Hounsou), fierce bandits, and armies of ninjas, all sent to destroy the village. However, winning the adulation of the villagers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and, with Ika Cha consistently plotting the demise of Hank and the town, they must all work together to defeat the ultimate invasion meant to destroy everyone and everything in Kakamucho.
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.
War; Greed and the destructive forces of extremes of wealth and power; Shame; Persecution due to differences of appearance; Bullying; Ignoring the voice of reason and wisdom because it comes out of the mouth of a child.
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.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is an animated adventure aimed at children who are likely to appreciate the crude humour and slapstick violence. Due to the frequent violence, themes and name calling, the film is not suited to younger viewers and will be more appropriate for slightly older children, with parental guidance recommended to 10.
The main messages from this movie are that fear is in your mind, you must control it or it will control you; and that it doesn’t matter if someone is different, differences should be celebrated instead of segregated as there is much to be learned from others and other ways of doing things.
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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