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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Viol. Scary scenes, Theme)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, scary visual images, and supernatural themes|
|Children aged 13-15||Most children over the age of 13 will be able to cope with this movie, although parents are encouraged to think very carefully about their childu2019s susceptibility to violence and supernatural themes.|
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:||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest|
|Consumer advice lines:||Moderate violence, Supernatural theme|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
It is Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan’s (Keira Knightley) wedding day, but before the commencement of the ceremony, Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) arrives and arrests the pair for offences committed in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. The charges against them are a fraud, and to gain their freedom, Will must track down his pirate friend Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), and retrieve for Lord Beckett, Jack’s mystical compass. Beckett believes the compass will lead him to the fabled locker of Davy Jones, the Dead Man’s Chest, which he will use to control the shipping trade.
Captain Jack Sparrow is also in pursuit of Davy Jones’s locker for his own reasons. Thirteen years earlier Jack had bargained his soul with the sinister octopus-headed Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) who is also Captain of the ghost ship the Flying Dutchman. Time is up for Jack and Davy Jones is hot on his trail to claim his soul. Jack must try to find is Davy Jones’s locker, which contains the beating heart of Davy Jones, and be in a position to bargain back his soul.
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.
Supernatural themes, pirate mythology
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 intense action violence, and some slapstick violence in this movie with no actual blood and gore. Violent scenes include:
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.
All of the images listed above could also scare or traumatise children between the ages of five and eight years. Of most concern are the images of Davy Jones, his crew of walking dead, the giant octopus, and the more gruesome images of rotting corpses.
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.
While some of the scary visual images listed above may still scare children closer to the age of eight years, the images are designed to be scary and gruesome in a morbidly humorous manner. The images of Davy Jones crew are so over the top as to be laughed at and at times even appear muppet like. Many children closer to the age of thirteen years will correctly interpret the humorous content of the film’s scary visual images and not be scared or threatened as a result. However, parents are encouraged to consider their child’s susceptibility to such themes and images.
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 thirteen years will be able to correctly interpret the morbidly humorous content of the film’s scary visual images and not be scared or threatened as a result. For some children, parental guidance may still be advisable.
There is a mild and humorous sexual references in which Elizabeth, dressed as a male pirate tells Jack Sparrow “I’m looking for the man I love” to which Jack responds “I’m flattered sir”.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a. swashbuckling pirate adventure film tailored to an adolescent audience, and in terms of entertainment is somewhat long winded.
The film offers little in terms of positive values parents may wish to reinforce, although Jack Sparrow, who always presents himself as somewhat of a lovable rogue, and Will, both display admirable selflessness at certain points.
The film to an extent glamourises alcohol consumption through the antics of the rum guzzling pirates and the importance they place on possessing rum. Parents may wish to discuss the real life dangers and consequences of being dependent on alcohol and using it for the purpose of getting drunk.
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