Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 10 (themes and violence)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to themes and violence.|
|Children aged 5–10||Parental guidance recommended due to 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.
|Name of movie:||Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
When Snow White’s father, the King, marries Regina (voice of Gina Gershon), a gorgeous woman reputed to be a witch, Snow White is sent away and slowly her father’s subjects begin to disappear. By the time she returns her father has also disappeared and Regina is desperately trying to recapture her youth and beauty through an apple tree that grows magical red shoes. Inadvertently donning a pair of the shoes, Snow White (voice of Chloe Grace Moretz) is instantly transformed from a strong, plain and plump young lady into a slim, curvy and ravishing beauty. Men fall all over themselves at the mere sight of her and cater to her every need but all Snow White wants is to find her father. Meanwhile, seven dashing young men have an unfortunate encounter with a fairy princess whom they saved but then attacked, thinking that she looked more like a witch than a princess. In return the fairy princess curses them, causing them to look like little, green dwarfs until such time as they can earn a kiss from the most beautiful princess of all. Defeated and discouraged, the dwarfs bide their time until Snow White literally flies into their lives. Wanting to keep her identity a secret she introduces herself as Red Shoes and enlists their help to find her father. Meanwhile the dwarfs are each hoping that she will kiss them and end their curse. While Red Shoes and the dwarfs search for her father, Regina searches for the mysterious beauty who has taken her shoes, pulling out every trick in the book to try and stop her no matter what the cost. While all the dwarfs became infatuated with Red Shoes at first sight, she begins to have feelings for Merlin (voice of Sam Clafin), the little green man who is always there to help and for whom she would gladly give her life. Ultimately, Merlin begins to understand that true beauty is not something you see with your eyes - it is something you see with your heart.
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.
Evil curses; separation from a parent; the idea that ‘big’ is not beautiful and that youth and physical beauty are the most important characteristics of all.
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.
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is a twist on the classic tale of Snow White. Hailed as a family film and rated G it may, at first glance, appear to be a suitable for all ages but the unfortunate messages about basic values and body image necessitate an adult presence to help counteract and clarify some undesirable beliefs which younger children may unconsciously internalise.
The main messages from this movie are that appearances are the most important thing, that being old, large and physically unattractive are bad and that if you don’t conform to certain standards of beauty you are not worthwhile, others will be unable to see the good in you and may be reluctant to help you.
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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