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Not suitable under 8; not recommended 8-12; parental guidance 12-14 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 8-12||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 14 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:||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
As the latest film about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begins, a gang of villains called the Foot Clan, which is led by the evil Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) have overrun New York City, terrorising all who oppose them. Reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox), who is out to make a name for herself as an action news reporter, is out and about tracking down leads on the Foot Clan’s latest spate of crimes.
April stumbles upon a lone vigilante confronting the Foot Clan in the process of stealing chemical mutagens, and when April follows the vigilante she discovers not one, but four masked vigilantes; talking mutant turtles, who live in the sewers below New York City. These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles include Raphael (Alan Richtner), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek with voice of Johnny Knoxville) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard).
We learn that April as a young girl was responsible for the Turtles’ start in life. April’s dead father, a genetic scientist was experimenting on four baby turtles and a rat, injecting them with mutagens, when his lab was attacked and burned to the ground. Before the lab was completely destroyed April managed to rescue the little turtles and the rat, releasing them into the sewers where the turtles mutated into their present form and the rat into a talking rat, who goes by the name of Splinter (Danny Woodburn with voice of Tony Shalhoub). Splinter has become the young turtles’ mentor and adoptive father.
The remainder of the film sees the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles taking on Shredder and his gang in a bid to put an end to their campaign of terror.
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.
Scientific experimentation and mutation; criminal gangs; family and friendship
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 science fiction action violence, both slapstick and more intense, including torture and some gun related violence. Minimal blood and gore are depicted. 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 scenes in this movie that are likely to 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.
Children in this age group will also disturbed by the violent and scary scenes described above
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 are also likely to be disturbed by some of the violent and scary scenes described above
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.
Younger children in this age group may be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is also plenty of associated merchandise, much of which is aimed at children who are too young to see the film
The film contains some low-level sexual innuendo. Examples include:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains occasional low-level coarse language and some name calling. Examples include:
The latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is a science fiction action adventure targeting teens and adult fans of former TMNT films and cartoons. As usual, there is plenty of comedy in the film, but it deserves its M rating, with some intense violence and disturbing scenes that make it unsuitable for under 12s who may want to see it because they are owners of TMNT toys and other merchandise. Parents should be aware that this is not an animated film, and is thus likely to be more disturbing for children, especially in the 3D version.
The main messages from this movie are about family and teamwork. The Turtles care for, support and protect each other and their ability to work as a team enables them to overcome and defeat their enemies. At the same time, Splinter is a positive father figure to the Turtles, teaching them positive values such as honesty, discipline, teamwork and selflessness.
Parents may wish to discuss the manner in which the film objectifies the film’s lead female character April O’Neil. The film focuses more on the Turtles’ sexual attraction towards April and April’s sex appeal rather than her heroic qualities.
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