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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, disturbing scenes, themes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 12–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and themes.|
|Children aged 15 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:||Karate Kid, The (2010)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence, bullying violence and themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Twelve year old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) and his mother Sherry (Taraji P Henson) move from Detroit to Beijing. There they live in a new apartment building called 'Beverly Hills' and Dre attends the local school. While visiting a nearby park, Dre strikes up a friendship with Meiying (Han Wenwen), a young girl who plays the violin. However, Dre’s encounter with Meiying attracts the attention of the school head bully Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) and his gang who target Dre for attack.
It is soon apparent that Cheng is intent on doing serious injury to Dre, but Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), the maintenance man for Dre’s apartment building steps in. Mr. Han is a Kung Fu master and makes short work of the bullies.
Mr. Han then encourages Dre to go to the Kung Fu academy where Cheng is a student, in the hope that they can reason with Cheng through his instructor Master Li (Rongguang Yu). Unfortunately Master Li is just as big a bully as Cheng, and Mr. Han decides that the only way he can assist Dre is to enter him in a Kung Fu tournament where he will fight Cheng one to one.
From this point on the film focuses on Mr. Han teaching Dre Kung Fu and Dre’s blossoming relationship with Meiying, as the day for the Kung Fu tournament draws near.
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.
Bullying; martial arts; Tweenage romance; Grief and guilt over the death of family members.
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 Karate Kid (2010) contains intense segments of graphic martial arts violence enacted by young boys against other boys, and also frequent bullying. Much of the violence shown could be imitated by children who might see Dre and other characters as role models. Other than some bruising, the film depicts no real life consequences that would result from injuries caused by the acts of violence; no blood or real injury are depicted. Examples of violence 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.
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 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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The Karate Kid (2010) contains a couple of low-level swear words and mild put-downs. Examples include:
The Karate Kid (2010) is a martial arts action drama that is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name. It targets a preteen/early teen male audience, but the film’s level of violence, which is far more intense than that in the original film, makes it more suited to an older audience.
The film includes several overt positive messages. However, at times the positive messages conflict with what the film actually portrays.
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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