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Not recommended under 7, PG to 9 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 7||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 7 - 9||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 9 and over||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:||Return to Nim's Island|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Return to Nim’s Island opens with 14-year-old Nim (Bindi Irwin) swimming amongst colourful coral with her best friend Selkie the sealion, while collecting protozoa samples for her scientist father Jack (Matthew Lillard). The only other human inhabitant of Nim’s Island is Jack’s research assistant Felix (Nathan Derrick). We soon learn that the island is under threat from developers who want to buy the island and build a resort there. Jack, intent on stopping the sale, heads off to mainland Australia to meet with the Minister of the Environment. Nim convinces Jack to leave her on the island with Felix. She intends to prove the existence on the island of three endangered animal species, which would ensure the island's protection from developers.
Meanwhile 14-year-old Edmund (Toby Wallace), who lives on the mainland, has been planning his own adventure for a number of years, saving his money and buying camping equipment so that he can run away to Nim’s Island. To get to the island, he hires the services of a disreputable charter boat captain named Booker (John Waters) and his two sons (Sebastian Gregory and Jack Pearson). Unfortunately what Edmund doesn’t know is that the unscrupulous Booker and sons intend to poach the island’s native and endangered animals.
Edmund and Nim get off to a shaky start at first meeting but when Edmund proves his usefulness, Nim begins to warm to him. However when Booker and sons begin to poach the island’s animals, events take a nasty turn for Nim, Edmund and Felix.
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.
Endangered species; poaching
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.
The film contains infrequent violence which at times is slapstick and comical. 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.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Notning of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The film contains some low-level sexual references and innuendo. Examples include:
None of concern
None of concern
There are some name calling and putdowns that children may imitate. Examples include:
Return to Nim’s Island , sequel to Nim’s Island, is a family film that contains lots of positive messages relating to the importance of saving the environment and endangered animals. The film is likely to entertain older children and young teens with its balance of comedy, adventure, suspense and a hint of romance with attractive teenage stars. Despite the G rating, the Classification Board warns of “very mild violence” and our reviewer does not recommend the film for children under seven. There are some violent scenes, and scenes of people and animals in danger, which are likely to scare children under 7 and some slightly older than this, so parental guidance is recommended for children up to nine years old.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include selflessness, problem solving, courage and perseverance as shown by Nim, a strong female role model. However, parents may also wish to discuss the possible real-life consequences of putting your life in danger by pitting yourself against hardened criminals in the way Nim did.
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