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Not suitable under 8; not recommended under 10; parental guidance to 13 (themes and scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8–9||Not recommended due to themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Spirited|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild supernatural themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Spirited is a modern version of the classic Dickens’ tale, A Christmas Carol, with a twist. ‘The Ghost of Christmas Present’, aka Roberto (Will Ferrell), is a redeemed Scrooge and it’s that time of the year when a new terrible person is chosen to be saved. Present goes for a ruthless businessmen, Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds), but the other ghosts consider him ‘irredeemable’. Present sees this as a personal challenge as he was also considered irredeemable.
‘The Ghost of Christmas Past’ (Sunita Mani) is the first to visit Clint but she finds herself strongly attracted to him and so passes the job on to Present. Present takes Clint on a harrowing journey of his past, during which his dying sister, Carrie (Andrea Anders), begs him to look after her daughter, Wren (Marlow Barkley) – Clint dodges the responsibility and passes it on to his younger brother. Meanwhile, Present finds himself attracted to Clint’s personal assistant, Kimberly (Octavia Spencer), and is given the option to return to Earth to relive his life. Together, Clint and Present confront ethical and moral problems about what makes a human being redeemable or not.
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.
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, mostly done for laughs, including:
Other violence includes:
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.
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:
There is a lot of coarse language in this movie, including:
Spirited is a musical comedic version of Dickens’, A Christmas Carol. Some of the characters look very scary but it is all tongue-in-cheek, so the fright level is low. There is sexual innuendo, a lot of coarse language and a scene which refers to a teen taking his own life after being abused on social media. For these reasons the film is not suitable under 8, not recommended under 10 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 10–13.
The main messages from this movie are that one act of kindness can have a ripple effect; and that anyone can be redeemed.
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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