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Not recommended under 10, parental guidance recommended to 13 due to mild adult themes, some violence and coarse language.
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|Children under 10||Not recommended for this age group due to mild adult themes, some violence and coarse language|
|Children 10 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes violence and coarse language.|
|Children 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.
|Name of movie:||Show Dogs (as shown in Australian cinemas)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Max (voice of Ludacris) is a tough, macho and streetwise police dog, working for the NYPD. Whilst down at the docks, Max witnesses a baby giant panda Ling-Li being smuggled illegally into the country, and immediately goes in hot pursuit of the criminals. Unbeknownst to Max, he has actually just disrupted an FBI sting. Back at the police station, undercover FBI agent Frank (Will Arnett) is furious about his operation being blown by a dog!
When it is discovered that the baby panda is going to be sold to private buyers at a prestigious dog show, the Canini Invitational in Las Vegas, Frank and Max are pressured into an unlikely partnership - as an undercover show dog contestant and his reluctant handler. As Max and Frank do their best to blend in and win ‘best in show’, they start to unravel the mystery of the kidnapped panda and do their best to save her.
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.
Crime; animal smuggling; partnership; dog shows
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 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.
Children in this age group may also find some of the above scenes disturbing
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 in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by this movie
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
Nothing of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
There is also some humour around farting.
Show Dogs (as shown in Australian cinemas) is a light and fairly bland talking dog movie, with plenty of cheap gags and fast-paced action. Although it is aimed towards younger children, the mildly suggestive humour, crude language and use of violence make it unsuitable for children under the age of 10. Australian parents should be aware that controversial scenes involving handling of the dog’s private parts have been edited and cut out of the version being shown in Australian cinemas.
The main messages from this movie are that a partnership or a friendship can take some time to develop and that illegal trading of rare and endangered species is bad.
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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