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Not recommended under 6, Parental guidance 6-9 (Violence; Scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 6-12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Puss in Boots|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Puss in Boots is a prequel to the Shrek series of films and not the classic ‘Puss in Boots’ tale. Years before meeting Shrek and Donkey, Puss (voice of Antonio Banderas) is in a position of having to clear his name of charges that make him a wanted fugitive. He is trying to find magic beans that will enable him to get to the giant’s castle so that he can take the goose that lays golden eggs.
While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill (voices of Billy Bob Thornton & Amy Sedavis), Puss meets another ‘cat burglar’, Kitty Softpaws (voice of Salma Hayek), who leads Puss to his former friend, Humpty Dumpty (voice of Zach Galifianakis). It was Humpty who caused Puss to be branded as a criminal and memories of this betrayal make Puss reluctant to trust him, but he eventually agrees to team up. Together, Puss, Kitty and Humpty set off to steal the magic beans, go to the giant's castle, seize the golden goose, and finally clear Puss' name.
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.
Revenge; betrayal; orphans and orphanages
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.
Puss in Boots contains cartoon styled action violence and scenes depicting intense peril throughout. The film contains no blood and gore, but does depict the death of a main character. Examples 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned violent and disturbing scenes and by the issues relating to the film’s two lead characters being orphans.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some scenes in this film.
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.
Nothing of concern
There is no actual product placement in the film but, as with the Shrek films, there is a large amount of associated merchandise available.
Puss in Boots contains some sexual references and innuendo. For example:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Puss in Boots contains some low-level coarse language and putdowns. Examples include:
Puss in Boots is an entertaining animated action adventure that targets a wide ranging audience from seven years and up. Younger children may be scared by the violence and scenes of the heroes in peril.
The main message from this movie is that friendship and love can turn even the worst of bad intentions around.
Parents may also wish to discuss the way in which Humpty treats his friend Puss and the far reaching real life consequences that result from lying and manipulating others for personal gain.
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