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Not suitable for children under 8 and parental guidance recommended to 12 (violence and mild coarse language).
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to comedic violent action sequences, mild coarse language, complex plot, and positive depiction of criminal activity.|
|Children aged 8–12||Parental guidance due to comedic violent action sequences, mild coarse language, complex plot, and positive depiction of criminal activity.|
|Children over the age of 12||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:||The Sleepover|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Middle-school kid Kevin (Maxwell Simkins) and his teenage sister Clancy (Sadie Stanley) are shocked to find their house ransacked and their parents Ron (Ken Marino) and Margot (Malin Ackerman) kidnapped. They discover that their stay-at-home mum is in fact in the witness protection program! She was once a high-profile thief who cooperated with the FBI, landing a big crime boss in jail. When a YouTube video featuring Margot and Kevin goes viral, Margot’s former partners-in-crime manage to track her down, pressuring her to help them with one last major coup – stealing an extremely valuable piece of jewellery. Clancy, Kevin, and friends Mim (Cree Cricchino) and Lewis (Lucas Jaye), decide to find and rescue their parents, following some clues that their mum has left them. This is the beginning of an action-packed adventure.
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.
Action comedy; Solving crime; Family, Tweens and teens.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language and crude toilet humour in this movie, including:
The Sleepover is an action-packed comedy suitable for a fun family movie experience. It features hilarious, quirky and relatable characters as well as positive messages about courage, friendship, and taking pride in just being oneself. Parents should be aware that this film does glamourise criminal activity to a certain extent – Mum Margot is admired for her ‘cool’ skills and gear and her mysterious criminal past. This, along with frequent action violence and mild coarse language make it unsuitable for a young audience and warrant parental guidance for viewers aged 8 to 12.
The main messages from this movie are that there is not only one way to be “cool” and that one should be true to oneself and make the most of one’s individual talents.
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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