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Short takes: Not recommended under 14; parental guidance recommended to 15 (Violence and scary scenes)
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|Children Under 14||Not recommended|
|Children 14 - 15||Parental Guidance recommended|
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:||Suicide Squad|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Gotham City is once more under siege and so, in desperation, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) presents a radical solution to the secret government department she works for. She wants to recruit all of the worst, violent criminals they are holding in custody to defeat the enemy with the reward of a reduced sentence, should they survive.
The Suicide Squad consists of Deadshot Floyd Lawton (Will Smith); Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) the former psychiatrist turned psychopath by lover The Joker (Jared Leto); Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) deadly with said weapon; Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuove-Agbaje) who looks like a monster and has been treated like one; and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) the man who can make fire with his fingers.
The Suicide Squad’s mission is to destroy the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) (who has possessed the body of June Moone) and together with her ‘Brother’ Incubus (Alain Chanoine) is intent on destroying the world. Even with all their combined skills, it is still an almost unwinnable fight for the Squad to defeat the supernatural forces of evil.
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.
Fantasy; Supernatural; Conflict.
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 a lot of violence throughout this movie including shoot-outs with assault rifles and a variety of other guns, and fights with swords, knives, boomerangs and baseball bats. Most of the fights are quite stylised and there is no blood or gore. Some 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.
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.
Children in this age group could still be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes particularly the supernatural powers and the transforming of the Enchantress into June Moone and back.
None of concern
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 some coarse language in this movie, including:
Suicide Squad is a fantasy, action adventure movie. It is based on the characters from the DC Comic series and uses the Anti-heroes in this movie. It is fast paced and full of action and, as such, will appeal to teens. However, due to the amount of violence and supernatural content, it isn’t suitable for younger viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that even the worse criminals can have some good in them and that they can come together as a positive force for the greater 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.
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