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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance 6-8 (frequent animated violence, sad themes, rude humour)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to frequent animated violence, sad themes, and some rude humour.|
|Children aged 6–8||Parental guidance recommended due to frequent animated violence, sad themes, and some rude humour.|
|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:||Spies in Disguise|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith), a James Bond-like American undercover agent, is facing the most challenging case of his career: a mysterious terrorist (voiced by Ben Mendelsohn) gets his hands on the world's most lethal drone technology as well as a classified database uncovering every single American secret agent. Seeking revenge for a past incident that killed his accomplices and left him badly injured, he plans to eliminate Sterling – who led the fateful mission – and everyone else working in the US intelligence. To make things worse, the villain manages to change his appearance to look like Sterling. Unable to prove his innocence to his agency, Sterling runs and turns to Walter Becket (voiced by Tom Holland), a nerdy scientist and inventor whom he had previously fired, dismissing his passion for developing non-violent / non-lethal spy gear and weapons. While at Walter's house, Sterling drinks what he thinks is a glass of water, but in fact it is Walter's latest invention, and Sterling is shocked to find himself turned into a pigeon. Initially struggling to get used to his bird body, Sterling begins to realise and use the advantages of looking like an inconspicuous pigeon, and also learns to appreciate Walter's non-violent approach, unconventional methods and unusual yet efficient inventions such as "kitten glitter bombs", "inflatable hugs", or a lavender-scented "truth-telling serum", and the unusual duo set off to stop the villain and protect the compromised agents.
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; teamwork; questioning violence; promoting kindness and understanding; embracing difference; staying true to one's ideals.
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 frequent animated action 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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Spies in Disguise is an action-packed animated spy movie. High-quality animation, a gripping Mark Ronson-produced soundtrack, likeable multi-layered characters, positive character development and plenty of humorous dialogues and scenes is likely to entertain and appeal to family audiences. However, due to the frequent animated violence, sad themes, and sexualised/rude humour the movie is not suitable for children under 6 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 6-8.
The main messages from this movie are that violence is never the best option and that acts of kindness can go a long way. The movie also conveys the message that it is okay to be different, that it is important to accept help, and to work as a team.
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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