Parental guidance under 5s (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Parental guidance recommended the help through a couple of scary scenes.|
|Children aged 5-8||Some children aged between 5 and 8 may need some parental reassurance with the scary scenes listed in the body of the review.|
|Children over the age of 8||Children over the age of 8 could see this film with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Racing Stripes|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A travelling circus troupe get caught in a storm at night and accidentally leave a zebra foal behind on the road, separating him from his parents. A kindly farmer and former racehorse trainer, Nolan Walsh, happens to drive by and rescues the young zebra. To the delight of his daughter, Channing, the farmer agrees to keep and raise the foal, who has been given the name Stripes. Stripes gains a number of other surrogate parents, by way of the other farmyard animals, who encourage his desire to become a racehorse.
Years pass and the now adolescent Stripes has ambitions to race in the Kentucky Open, not realising he is in fact a zebra. He is constantly rejected, bullied and teased by the horses in the neighbouring racehorse training stables, but is undeterred and tries harder to reach his goal. He develops a crush on Sandy, the equestrian-trained filly next door.
Sixteen year old Channing Walsh (whose own mother died as a jockey in a race accident) must also overcome her father’s objections to her riding horses, in order to train and race Stripes in the big race. She faces additional objections and taunts from her father’s former boss and competing racehorse owner, Clara Dalrymple.
Further revelations and incidents gives rise to a loss of self-belief for Stripes, and threatens to undo all the gains of his hard work and training. His friends band together to give Stripes and Channing a chance to fulfil their ambitions and dreams.
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:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above mentioned scenes, the following scenes could disturb some very young children:
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 over the age of eight would not be scared by this movie.
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 over the age of thirteen would not be scared by this movie.
During the Kentucky Open, sponsorship boards from Kodak and Fed Ex express were noticeable.
While there is no coarse language, the film contains many put-downs
The film’s message is that it doesn’t matter who you are or what others say, if you have enough self belief, courage and put in the hard work, you can achieve your dreams.
Values to encourage :
The following content could be used by parents to discuss with their children what their own family’s values are, and what the real life consequences can be of some actions and attitudes:
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
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