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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13, Violence and scary scenes
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 8 -13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Star Wars Episode VI: The return of the Jedi|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild sience fiction violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) returns to his home planet to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who is still frozen in carbonite, from the monstrous Jabba the Hut (voice of Larry Ward). Meanwhile Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Lando (Billy Dee Williams) also mount their own rescue plan. The three eventually manage to escape with Han and destroy Jabba’s palace in the process. It is then that they learn that the Galactic Empire has almost completed a new death star, far worse than the first. They travel to Endor to demolish the shield that is protecting the death star so that they can destroy it.
On Endor they encounter the Ewoks, furry little creatures that live like primitive tribesmen. The Ewoks at first are defensive towards the newcomers but when they realise their plan they join with the rebels to destroy the Empire’s death star. Meanwhile Luke, now almost a full fledged Jedi, has to confront his father to complete his mission.
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.
Good versus evil
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 eight, 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of 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.
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.
OK for this age group
None of concern
None of concern
Jabba the Hut’s harem is made up of scantily clad women in a state of servitude.
None of concern
None of concern
Star Wars Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi is the final episode of the original Star Wars Trilogy. It reaches its conclusion in an intense climactic battle between good and evil forces. The Star Wars Trilogy is classic science fiction and a great adventure series for older children and adolescents.
The main message from this movie is that evil cannot be overcome by evil but can be overcome by good.
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 their own beliefs are about good and evil and the use of force to defend one’s beliefs and to oppose evil.
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