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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 13 (violence and sexual references)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence|
|Children 8 - 12||Parental guidance due to violence and sexual references|
|Children 13 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:||Planet 51|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Planet 51 is an animated film which opens with some depictions of the idealistic suburban life of the green aliens on Planet 51, a world curiously similar to 1950s America in terms of styles and attitudes. Clothing, vehicles, household appliances and architecture all reflect the fashions of the mid 20th Century, as does the almost xenophobic fear of outsiders.
One afternoon, Planet 51’s peaceful existence is interrupted by the arrival of human astronaut Captain Charles Baker (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who had believed that the planet was uninhabited. After their initial shock, the locals react with hostility, calling in military strongman General Grawl (Gary Oldman) and his taskforce to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Captain Baker fortuitously meets a conservative teenager, Lem (Justin Long), who eventually vows to help the astronaut return to his spaceship and escape.
Other characters are Lem’s younger brother, Eckle (Freddie Benedict); Neera (Jessica Biel), whom Lem would like to date if he had the courage; Glar (Alan Marriot), a guitar-playing protester; and mad-scientist Professor Kipple (John Cleese).
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.
Fear of difference
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 a great deal of physical and verbal 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:
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 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 are also likely to be disturbed by some of the above scenes.
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 in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
Products are displayed or used in this movie include:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some implied nudity or sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some coarse and threatening language in this movie, including:
Planet 51 is an animated science fiction film which appears to be aimed at children, but has an unusual combination of features. The film contains a number of clever references to 1950s American pop culture and the dominant political landscape of this era. In some ways, the plot could be seen as challenging such idealised views about life and the notion of the “Other”, especially in the wake of 9/11. However, these elements are not linked together in any coherent fashion. A number of viewers may not even pick up the subtle references which will be entirely lost on the targeted pre-teen audiences.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include the acceptance of people who are different.
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