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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance 6-8 (frequent action violence, reckless behaviour, some alcohol use)
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|Children under 6
|Not suitable due to frequent action violence, reckless behaviour and some alcohol use.
|Children aged 6–8
|Parental guidance recommended due to frequent action violence, reckless behaviour and some alcohol use.
|Children aged 9 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:
|Sonic the Hedgehog
|Consumer advice lines:
|Comedic action violence
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), known from the iconic Sega video game series, has incredible super powers: he can run at supersonic speed, turn into a spin ball creating impact similar to a missile, and generate bolts of electricity. His powers, however, also mean that villains are after him. In order to protect him, Sonic’s guardian helps him escape from his home planet to Earth, advising him to stay hidden. Sonic finds himself in the remote Montana country town of Green Hills. For about 10 years Sonic manages to keep a low profile but he struggles with living in the shadows and feeling lonely. One night he gets particularly frustrated and accidentally releases a power surge that causes a nationwide blackout. Mystified, the US military hires notoriously crazy but ingenious scientist Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Dr. Robotnik soon finds out that the creature he is after is a source of incredible power so wants to capture him to revolutionise his army of drones and robots. Sonic turns to his favourite human, local police officer Tom (James Marsden), for help, and soon the unequal pair are on a road trip getting into all sorts of trouble and mischief.
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.
Friendship; good versus evil; finding out where one belongs and finding one's place and purpose in life.
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.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some substance use in this movie:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Likely to appeal to a family audience with children over 8, Sonic the Hedgehog is an action comedy centred around the famous Sega video game character. Jim Carrey shines as a crazy scientist / villain, creating many humorous scenes. Frequent action violence and some reckless behaviour warrants this animated movie unsuitable for children under 6 with parental guidance recommended to 8.
The main messages from this movie are that everybody needs a friend, and that everyone needs to find a place to call home.
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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