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Not suitable under 6; not recommended under 8; parental guidance to 9 (scary scenes and themes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to scary scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 6–7||Not recommended due to scary scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 8–9||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and themes.|
|Children over the age of 9||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:||Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Matilda (Alisha Weir) came into the world as an unwanted child to her selfish and mean parents. She is a child with extraordinary abilities who loves to read books, much to the annoyance of her parents, who would prefer her to watch trashy TV shows. Matilda has a friend in the local librarian, Mrs Phelps (Sindhu Vee), to whom she tells her wildly imaginative stories. One day, Matilda and her parents are visited by the local authority and teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), with whom Matilda forms an instant bond. They decide that Matilda needs to attend school.
Matilda is excited about starting school at Crunchen Hall but is shocked to find that it is run by the most fearsome head teacher, Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson). The students all live in fear of her and her extreme forms of punishments. One of which is isolation in the Chokey – a wooden contraption out in the woods and enclosed by chains. Matilda’s high intelligence makes her question what is happening at the school and dares to stand up to Miss Trunchbull. Matilda becomes even bolder when she realises she has the power to move objects with her eyes. Matilda becomes an inspiration to the other students who eventually all revolt against the authoritarian and extremely nasty, Trunchbull.
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.
Cruelty to children; Neglect of children; Telekinesis powers.
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.
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 sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is a cinematic version of the recent musical stage play, featuring the music of Tim Minchin. The cast of actors are wonderful, including Emma Thompson as the most fearsome Miss Trunchbull. The core of the story is a dark tale of child abuse, neglect and cruelty. However, the triumph of the human spirit comes through Matilda, who overcomes and defeats all of her powerful enemies through strong willpower, intelligence and extra sensory powers. The movie is best suited for children aged 10+ due to the themes, violence and scary scenes. For these reasons it isn’t suitable for children under 6, it isn’t recommended for under 8’s and parental guidance is recommended for 8–9 year olds.
The main messages from this movie are that sometimes you have to disobey those in authority when you know they are wrong; and that you have determination over your own story.
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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