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Parental guidance under 8 (Scary scenes, Themes)
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|Children under 8||Due to some scary scenes and complex themes and dialogue, parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of eight.|
|Children over the age of 8||Children over the age of eight could watch this movie with or without parental guidance|
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:||Sky High|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) is the 14 year old son of superhero parents, The Commander and Jetstream, also known as real estate agents, Steve and Josie Stronghold (Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston). He is about to start his first day at Sky High School for superheros, but to his consternation, hasn’t yet found his superpowers as the rest of his peers have. So while his parents go off to fight a monster terrorising the city, he joins his best friend, Layla on the flying school bus to the anti-gravity Sky High.
Day one for Will at Sky High includes being bullied, becoming enamoured with a senior student, Gwen Grayson, meeting the principal (Lynda Carter), being humiliated during ‘Power Placement’ when he is made ‘Sidekick’ instead of ‘Hero’ and meeting his arch-enemy, Warren Peace. Day Two involves Will and Layla’s first ‘Hero Support’ class with Mr Boy, former sidekick to the Commander and previously known as All American Boy (Dave Foley). It is also the day, Will tells his parents that he may never have any superpowers. Although initially disappointed, they are cheered by the hope that Will could be a great real estate agent.
Their disappointment is short-lived however, as Will discovers his power of super-strength the next day during a lunchtime fight with Warren Peace. Will is then moved into the ‘Hero’ stream, separating him from his ‘Sidekick’ friends. Adding to his problems is the ongoing feud with Warren, protecting his friends from bullying from senior students and the distracting but welcome advances of Gwen, causing him to neglect Layla (who harbours a secret crush on him). All the while, Will and his parents are unaware of the growing threat to their lives by the return of an old enemy, Royal Pain. Events culminate at the Sky High prom, where Will and his friends must use their combined abilities to save his parents and the school itself.
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 scenes, there are some scenes that could 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.
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.
Some children in this age bracket could be concerned by some of these scenes, particularly the following scenes:
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.
There are no scenes that would be scary for children over 13 years old.
There are no sexual references in this movie.
There is no nudity or sexual activity in this movie.
There is no use of substances in this movie.
There is a little coarse language, and some name calling, including:
The main messages from this movie are that everyone can be ‘the hero” ,that everyone’s contribution is valuable and accepting people for who they are.
Values parents may wish to encourage include:
Parents could take the opportunity to discuss with their children what their own family’s values are, and what the real life consequences can be of bullying, lying, disobeying parent’s rules and fighting. Some teenagers could also benefit from a discussion of the movie’s themes of popularity, peer groups and first romances.
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