- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Take Action
Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 11 (scary and violent scenes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 7||Not suitable due to scary and violent scenes which include behaviour that might be imitated by children.|
|Children aged 7 to 11||Parental guidance recommended due to scary and violent scenes which include behaviour that might be imitated by children.|
|Children aged 12 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:||Peter Rabbit|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) and his family Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Cotton-Tail (Daisy Ridley), and Benjamin (Colin Moody) spend the days stealing vegetables from Mr McGregor’s (Sam Neill) garden and having fun with their neighbour Bea (Rose Byrne). But one day a new, younger, Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) moves into town and throws the rabbits’ lives into chaos. Peter and his family must use their resourcefulness to fight for the garden and for Bea’s affections.
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.
Death of a parent; crime; cruelty to animals; allergies and anaphylaxis.
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 in this age group may also be scared or 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.
Younger children in this group may be scared or disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes but there is mostly nothing further of concern.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
Nothing of concern in the movie, but plenty of associated merchandise
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some mention of nudity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language that children might imitate, including:
Peter Rabbit is a beautifully made film based on the books of Beatrix Potter. However, the film is a comedy action adventure that is very different in tone from the kind and friendly books. There is a lot of violence in this version of the story and Peter and his siblings are not great role models for children. Bea, however, is kind and thoughtful and she also stands up for her beliefs.
The film is not recommended for children under the age of 7 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 7-11. This is because of the scary and violent elements of the film and the scenes of inappropriate behaviour. The scene in which the rabbits attack someone with berries to which he is severely allergic is particularly concerning, as is Peter’s stated belief that people claim to have allergies that they don’t actually have. This is an issue to discuss with children.
The main messages from this movie are:
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 whether it was okay that Peter Rabbit was stealing vegetables because as Bea explains “the wildlife belongs to the animals – it was their place first”. Is the position of rabbits different in Australia where they are an introduced species?
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.