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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 8 (scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to scary scenes.|
|Children aged 5-8||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 8||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:||Shark Tale|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Oscar is a little fish in a very big pond. He works at the local Turtle Wax Whale Wash where his friend Angie works as a receptionist, but he longs to scale to greater heights and become a somebody living at the top of the reef. Oscar is in a lot of financial trouble, as he owes his boss puffer fish Sykes 5000 clams. When Sykes makes intimidating threats to Oscar that he must pay up, Oscar tells all his woes to his friend Angie. Unselfishly Angie gives Oscar her grandmother’s pearl to repay the debt but Oscar squanders it on an ‘absolute winner’ at the races.
Meanwhile Don Lino, the Boss of the Great White Sharks, is raising his sons Frankie and Lenny to take over the family business. However Lino is greatly embarrassed by Lenny who is ‘different’ to other sharks as he’s a vegetarian and refuses to kill for his food. Lino sends Frankie out to teach Lenny the ropes and the victim becomes unsuspecting Oscar. Lenny pretends to eat Oscar but when it’s obvious that he hasn’t Frankie comes in for the kill. At this point Oscar’s luck is dramatically turned around as Frankie is killed by a falling anchor.
Oscar becomes known as ‘the Shark Slayer’ and Protector of the Ocean. He plays this for all it is worth, becoming very famous and rising to the top of the social ladder. There he meets Lola, a seductive female fish who lures him away from Angie. Oscar is of course totally unaware that Angie loves him as a ‘nobody’ and falls for Lola. Things become complicated for Oscar when Don Lino vows vengeance for Frankie’s death and sends the ‘mob’ to find and destroy the ‘Shark Slayer’. Oscar befriends Lenny who has run away and together they learn a few lessons about life and have some important decisions to make.
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 some set in a comic context:
Other violence includes:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children under the age of five could be scared by the above-mentioned violence, particularly the death of Frankie. The following scenes may also disturb some children in this age group:
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 aged eight to thirteen would probably not be scared by this movie as they would understand that it is fantasy. However they could still be scared by Frankie being killed by the anchor.
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.
There is a large sign for Coral Cola which at a quick glance would be mistaken for the Coca Cola logo.
There are no sexual references. However, Lenny being a vegetarian and his father’s disgrace at that, is an obvious parallel with a parent’s possible attitude towards a gay son.
There’s no nudity or sexual activity
There is no use of substances in this movie.
There is no coarse language in this movie.
The take home message of this movie is that life at the top isn’t all that it appears.
Values parents may wish to encourage include selflessness, friendship and loyalty.
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:
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