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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 8 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6–8||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|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:||Super Mario Bros. Movie, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and animated violence, some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The evil Bowser (voice of Jack Black), leader of a vast army of villainous turtles, attacks a peaceful penguin kingdom, imprisoning the inhabitants, laying waste to their beautiful castle, and stealing a powerful star. Nearby, a Mushroom Kingdom, ruled by the indomitable Princess Peach (voice of Anya Taylor-Joy), prepares for what they believe to be an impending attack.
Meanwhile, back in Brooklyn, Mario (voice of Chris Pratt) and his brother Luigi (voice of Charlie Day) have left their steady jobs at a reliable plumbing company to start a plumbing business of their own. Their first contract doesn’t go according to plan and Mario is feeling downhearted, until he sees a news broadcast depicting inept plumbers attempting to fix the city’s critical plumbing problems. Knowing he can help, Mario and Luigi set off to save their neighbourhood. They find themselves deep under the city in a cavernous room filled with unusual pipes and when Luigi suddenly vanishes, Mario ventures after him. The brothers are sucked into another world and separated on the journey: Luigi lands in the dangerous Badlands under Bowser’s control, where he is quickly captured; and Mario lands in a Mushroom Kingdom where he learns about the danger his brother is in and sets about trying to save him. Mario impresses the princess with his determination and noble character, and she agrees to take him with her to meet a Cranky Kong (voice of Fred Armisen) whose powerful son, Donkey Kong (voice of Seth Rogan), and vast Gorilla army is their only hope of winning the fight against Bowser, stopping his evil plan and saving Luigi, as well as everyone else captured along the way.
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.
Separation from family members; Greed for power; Bullying.
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 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 use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a film based on the popular Nintendo videogame franchise. The plot, though predictable, is fast-paced and contains numerous twists and turns. The film will be best enjoyed by families with children over 8 and fans of the videogames.
The main messages from this movie are to believe in yourself and your own abilities, even if the entire world tells you differently; and to never give up or stop trying.
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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