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|Children under 5||Children under five might need some parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 5||Children over the age of 5 should be okay to 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:||Snow Dogs|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ted Brooks is a successful, entrepreneurial African American dentist. One day his life gets turned around when he receives a notice advising him that his natural mother has died leaving him in her will. Up to this point Ted had no idea he was adopted. He takes off to Tolketna, a small town in Alaska to attend the reading of the will and to discover his natural heritage. He is alarmed to find out that his main inheritance is a team of Husky sled dogs, one of whom named Demon, takes an instant dislike to him. He discovers that his natural mother, Lucy. was a well liked person in the town and had won a trophy in the Arctic Challenge, an annual event that puts man and dogs through their paces.
Ted takes up the challenge and is determined to master the art of ‘mushing’, that is, riding the sled that the dogs pull. This results in some funny and somewhat dangerous situations. Meanwhile Ted becomes involved with Barb, the local barmaid and with trying to discover who is natural father is. Much to Ted’s dismay, his father turns out to be a grizzled, white mountain man called Thunder Jack. Thunder Jack is not interested in gaining a father - son relationship with Ted, he is only interested in Ted’s dogs, particularly Demon.
The story goes on to show that through Ted’s determination he does manage to mush the sled team and more importantly wins the friendship of his natural father.
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 bit of slapstick violence in this film mainly ‘accidental damage’ type scenes. These scenes are all handled in a very light and non-threatening manner:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group may be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Younger children in this age group may 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.
None of concern.
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.
None of concern.
There are a few sexual references in this film such as:
There is no nudity but at the start of the film girls are shown in brief bikinis walking along Miami Beach. Also when Ted nearly drowns and is probably unconscious, he dreams of being on the beach and Barb appears to wait on him in a very skimpy bikini.
When Ted arrives at the pub in Tolketna, everyone is drinking beer. When the will is read out a free round of ‘wild turkey’ is given.
The take home message from this film is that there can be positive outcomes to adoptive family situations. Ted’s mother who brought him up still loves and cares deeply for him and he gains the friendship of his natural father.
Values parents may wish to encourage include are loyalty, friendship, determination, and courage.
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