- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Top Tips
- Take Action
Not recommended under 5, parental guidance to 10 (frightening scenes, mild themes and violence).
This topic contains:
|Children under 5||Not recommended due to frightening scenes, mild themes and violence|
|Children aged 5–10||Parental guidance recommended, particularly for the younger children in this age group, due to frightening scenes, mild themes and violence.|
|Children over the age of 10||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:||Pokémon: Detective Pikachu|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and fantasy violence, some scenes may scare younger children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) receives news that his estranged father and police officer, Harry Goodman, has died in a mysterious car accident. When Tim arrives to collect his father’s personal belongings, he discovers that there may be a lot more to the story than he has been told; including why his father’s Pokémon partner ‘Pikachu’ (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) has lost its memory, and why on earth this Pokémon and Tim can communicate with each other. After teaming up with the wisecracking Pikachu and fast-talking journalist intern Lucy (Kathryn Newton), the trio uncover clues that lead them all the way to an evil plot to destroy the Pokémon-Human alliance as they know it.
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; betrayal of trust; friendship.
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 frequent 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:
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some mild sexual references in this movie, including:
There are some mild references made to the use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a visually fantastic live action film based on the video game of the same name. While slightly thin on plot, this film is a visually exciting and an easy watch for children and adults alike. Parents should be conscious that many of the Pokémon may frighten or distress younger children under 5 as they are not always cute but can be a little more ‘monster-like’ and fierce. Also, some of the subtle jokes made by Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, whilst aimed at adult viewers, may be a little on the nose. This is most likely to be enjoyed by children over the age of 8, with parental guidance until age 10.
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.
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.