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Not suitable under 12, PG to 15 (Themes; Violence)
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to themes, violence and scary scenes|
|Children 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, violence and scary scenes|
|Children 15 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:||Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides|
|Consumer advice lines:||Supernatural themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series opens with Spanish fishermen finding a very old man entangled in their fishing nets. When the Spanish commander learns that the old-man is a two-hundred year-old survivor from an ill fated expedition to find the legendary Fountain of Youth, the commander gives orders to set sail on the next morning’s tide.
Meanwhile, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is on a one-man mission to rescue a member of his crew but is captured and brought before King George II (Richard Griffiths). He discovers that Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is now a captain in the King’s navy and that they are after Jack’s map for the location of the Fountain of Youth.
Jack manages to escape from the King’s custody but becomes involved in a duel with a strange man who claims to be Jack himself, but turns out to be an old flame named Angelica (Penelope Cruz). Jack’s romantic interlude is interrupted when he is pursued and knocked unconscious by unknown foes.
When Jack wakes up he finds that he is at sea aboard a ship captained by Blackbeard the pirate, who turns out to be Angelica’s father. Sparrow now has to lead Blackbeard to the Fountain of Youth with Barbarossa and his men, and the Spanish navy also desperately seeking the fabled fountain.
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.
Pirates; the supernatural
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.
Much of the violence in the film is stylised and at times slapstick. However, the film does contain a few scenes where the violence depicted is of a more brutal nature. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
The film contains a host of threatening pirates that younger children may find scary.
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 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned 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.
Some younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes.
None of concern
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 low-level coarse language and name calling in this movie, including:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides is an adventure fantasy film targeting an audience from adolescents upwards. Many scenes are too violent and scary for children under 12
The main message from this movie is to live life for the moment.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the way in which the pirates treated the mermaid and what it showed about their attitude to her.
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