Not recommended under 10, PG to 13 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 10-13||parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 13 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.
|Name of movie:||Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones|
|Consumer advice lines:||Medium level violence; Adult themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is set ten years after Episode I. The film opens with an assassination attempt on Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), who is now a Senator for the planet Naboo. The attempt fails but, to keep Padme safe, Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) requests that Padme be placed under the protection of the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christen). After a second attempt is made on Padme’s life, Jedi masters Yoda (voice of Frank Oz) and Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) assign Obi-Wan to track down the assassin. Anakin and Padme are sent to Naboo for safe keeping and their relationship develops.
Obi-Wan’s finds the assassin, a bounty hunter by the name of Jango Fett (Temuera Morison) on the planet Kamino where Obi-Wan also discovers a secret cloned army. After failing to capture the assassin, Obi-Wan follows Jango Fett to the planet Geonosis were Obi-Wan discovers the real culprit behind the assassination attempts, a Jedi master named Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), who has turned to the Dark-side of the Force.
Meanwhile, Anakin and Padme face more peril as they travel to the planet Tatooine after Anakin has premonitions that his mother is in terrible danger.
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.
Cloning; death of a parent; revenge; deception/living a lie
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.
The film contains stylised sci/fi action violence and extended battle scenes depicting war between robot droids, war machines and human clones. Several scenes depict dismemberment and several human characters are killed during the course of the film; blood and gore is almost non-existent. Examples include:
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes and characters
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
While no product placement occurs in the film, an array of associated toys and other merchandise has been marketed.
The film contains a couple of low-level sexual inferences. Examples include:
The film contains some partial nudity and mild sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is science fiction action film targeting younger adolescents and older viewers but likely to be too scary for under 10s and some older children. The film will easily entertain the target audience although the film’s running time of 142 minutes may make the film a bit long for some viewers.
The main messages from this movie are:
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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