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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 12 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 10–12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and 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:||Shazam! Fury of the Gods|
|Consumer advice lines:||Supernatural themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his foster family are still fighting crime and saving humanity from disaster with their superhero powers. Billy transforms into ‘Shazam’ (Zachary Levi) by saying the word, “SHAZAM!”, as do the others. However, there is a new threat to the people of Philadelphia and the world, when the daughters of Atlas: Hespera (Helen Mirren), Kalypso (Lucy Liu) and Anthea (Rachel Zegler), decide they want to reclaim planet Earth as their domain.
Hespera and Kalypso march into the Acropolis museum, dressed as ancient warriors, and remove the broken staff of Atlas from its case, much to the dismay of everyone around. The women use their powers to disarm the guards and cause chaos. They then force a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) to mend the staff, which now gives them the power they need to take over the world. The superheroes have a tough battle ahead, taking on the gods of the ancient world, and much disaster occurs before they manage to defeat their enemy.
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.
Fantasy; Supernatural; Greek mythology; Superheroes.
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 stylised, action violence but no blood and gore 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:
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a sequel to the original Shazam! DC movie. The film is fast-moving and action-packed, with some good messages about inclusivity and that there’s a hero in everyone despite seeming disabilities. It is also funny and light-hearted, however, it is full of comic-style violence and scariness and is therefore unsuitable for young children. It is better suited for families with older children and teens.
The main messages from this movie are that ‘everyone can be worthy if given a chance’; and that ‘the most powerful thing about you is you’.
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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