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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 13 (violence, frightening scenes, distressing themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to frightening scenes, violence, and distressing themes – death, racism, abuse.|
|Children aged 8–13||Parental guidance recommended due to frightening scenes, violence, and distressing themes – death, racism, abuse.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Adventures of Huck Finn, The (1993)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Low level violence, Adult themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Huckleberry Finn (Elijah Wood), the semi-literate son of a frightening alcoholic father Pap (Ron Pearlman), runs away from home after faking his own death. With an escaped slave called Jim (Courtney B. Vance), the two runaways follow the Mississippi River to freedom in the slavery-free state of Illinois. Along the way, Huck and Jim encounter adventure, shipwreck, swindles, love, and death. As the duo deal with the arrival of The King (Jason Robards) and The Duke (Robbie Coltrane), two conmen impersonating British family of the wealthy Wilks sisters, Huck and Jim face continued threats to their freedom and their lives.
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.
Death of a parent, children as victims, racism, slavery, alcohol dependence, gun violence, stealing and scams, pretending to dabble in the occult.
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.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Adventures of Huck Finn is a Disney remake of the classic Mark Twain novel of the same name. This film is an enjoyable and easy watch with strong performances from Elijah Wood as Huck and Courtney B. Vance as Jim. The story deals with themes and sequences that may be distressing to children (particularly the threats of harm to children and racism toward African American people), and loses much of the gravity associated with the racist themes of the original story due to the removal of the racial language. Due to violence, frightening sequences, and themes dealing with racism, The Adventures of Huck Finn is not suitable for children under 8 and parental guidance is recommended to 13.
The main messages from this movie are that people can learn to accept others as equal, even if others disagree, and that loyalty and support from friends is important, even for the most self-sufficient people.
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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