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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence and themes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and themes|
|Children 8 -13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and violence|
|Children 14 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:||Shorts|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and comedic violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Shorts is an American children’s fantasy film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The story, seen through the eyes of eleven year-old Toe Thompson (Jimmy Bennett), revolves around the people living within the affluent but troubled community of Black Falls. All of the adult members of this community work for the tyrannical and perhaps megalomaniacal Mr. Black (James Spader), who heads the immensely successful Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated.
Toe Thompson describes how life in Black Falls is interrupted after the discovery of a magical rainbow-coloured wishing-rock that falls from the sky. Residents soon learn that this stone enables those who possess it to achieve whatever they wish for, which leads to a number of unexpected consequences. Toe’s own daily encounters are soon transformed through his experiences with this rock, helping him to face school bullies such as Cole Black (Devon Gearhart) with a new confidence.
The title “Shorts” is derived from the film’s untypical structure, consisting of a number of somewhat dislocated and non-chronological sequences depicting the experiences of the various members of Black Falls who encounter the magical rock. Among those affected by the stone are Toe’s workaholic parents (Leslie Mann and Jon Cryer), his sister Stacey (Kat Denning), friends Loogie (Trevor Gagnon) and Nose (Jake Short) and Nose’s mad-scientist father Dr. Noseworthy (William Macy).
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.
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 great deal of 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:
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.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
None of concern
There is some derogatory and threatening language in this movie, including:
Shorts is a sometimes confusing fantasy film containing a sparse storyline interwoven through moments of comedy and an abundance of violence. While the plot involves some elements that could be used to provoke meaningful conversations with children, many adults may find little other reward in this movie.
The main intended message from this movie is that greed will not bring happiness. However, the large number of violent incidents may also relay an implicit sanction of violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.
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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