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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 8 (Death of parents)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to theme of parental death.|
|Children aged 5–8||Parental guidance recommended due to theme of parental death.|
|Children over the age of 8||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Playing with Fire|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
It is a challenging and crucial time for Californian Superintendent, ‘Supe’ Jake Carson (John Cena), a second-generation elite smoke-jumping squad leader. Several members of Jake’s firefighting team have abandoned him to join more prestigious squads, just when his depot is to be inspected of by the soon retiring Commander (Dennis Heysbert) and he hopes to be promoted. To make things more complicated, Jake rescues three siblings from a burning cabin and agrees to put them up at the depot until their parents – allegedly away on a holiday – pick them up. It is not long until smart and inquisitive teen Brynn (Brianna Hildebrand), wild and curious tween Will (Christian Convery), and toddler Zoe (Finley Rose Slater) turn the fire depot upside down. As Jake, Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), Rodrigo (John Leguizamo), and ‘Axe’ (Tyler Mane) get to know and cherish the siblings, and learn about their personal tragedy (their parents in fact died in an accident two years prior and they are on the run from child protection services who want to split them up into different families), a one-for-all, all-for-one team spirit and intergenerational friendships are formed, and it becomes clear what is truly important in life.
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.
Loss/death of parents; bravery; importance of family; friendship; fostering/adopting children.
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.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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:
Playing with Fire is an action comedy packed with crude and slapstick humour, suitable for families with slightly older children. The underlying theme of losing parents – both Jake's and the siblings' parents have died – warrants the movie unsuitable for children under 5 and parental guidance is recommended for children to 8.
The main messages from this movie are that one learns the most valuable lessons when pushed out of one's comfort zone and that family and friendship are the most valuable goods in life.
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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