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Not recommended under 13, Parental guidance to 15 (violence, scary scenes).
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|Children under 13||Not recommended for children under the age of 13 due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 13–15||Parental guidance recommended.|
|Children over the age of 15||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:||Shazam!|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and action violence.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Fourteen-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is a streetwise foster kid, determined to find his mother whom he lost as a small child. When a last ditch effort to locate her goes wrong he finds himself in a group foster home with 5 very different siblings including: the studious Mary (Grace Fulton), tech wiz Eugene (Ian Chen), handicapped and superhero obsessed Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), silent and serious Pedro (Jovan Armand) and sweet little Darla (Faithe Herman). After standing up for Freddy Billy is chased through the streets by two violent bullies. He escapes on the subway and finds himself in a wizard cave where he is presented with magical powers, transformed into the adult superhero Shazam! (Zachary Levi), and charged with saving the world. Meanwhile the power-hungry Dr Sivana (Mark Strong) has released the 7 deadly sins and will stop at nothing to defeat Shazam! While coming to terms with his powers and abilities Billy learns that sometimes the family you have been searching for is the one that you already have, and that unconditional love is the greatest power of all.
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.
Family breakdown; bullying; misuse of power.
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 a lot of violence in this movie including use of guns and fighting. 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.
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 nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Shazam! is an action-packed movie with some important messages and funny lines. Despite being presented as a kid friendly film this one should be viewed by slightly older audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that families are not always bound by blood, that true power consists of sharing your strengths and raising others up instead of putting them down and that goodness, selflessness and courage will triumph over evil in the end.
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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