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Not recommended under 8; PG to 12 (scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children aged 8 to 12||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children aged 13 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, action violence, sexual references and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty tells a story of a man who lives a very ordinary life and lives out his adventures, romances and heroism through daydreams. In this modern version, Walter (Ben Stiller) is the negative asset manager for Life magazine in its final days of printed editions. Walter is secretly in love with co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and tries to contact her through an Internet dating site with no luck. When Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott) arrives on the scene to manage the transition of Life to an online magazine, many of the workers’ jobs are threatened.
Walter has been a faithful and dependable employee for twelve years and finds Hendricks so intolerable that he is driven do something about it. He sets out to find elusive photographer Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) who holds the key to a particular negative he needs. This takes him on an amazing journey to Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas and to adventures he never would have dreamed of.
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.
Adventure and heroism; workplace bullying
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, much of which occurs in scenes imagined by Walter. It includes:
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.
Some children in this age group could also be disturbed by 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.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
None but there is mention of the fact that the icing on a cake looks like frosted heroin.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an action adventure movie that will greatly appeal to older children and teens as well as adults. The cinematography in the movie is visually stunning, particularly the filming on location in Iceland. However, the film contains a number of scary scenes which are likely to be too disturbing for under 8s and even some older children, so the film is not recommended for under 8s and parental guidance is recommended for the 8-12 age group.
The main message from this movie is that life is much more fun if you actually live it rather than dreaming about it.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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