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Not recommended under 6, parental guidance recommended 6-10 due to violence and scary scenes.
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 6 to 10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 10 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:||SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Sponge out of water|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Burger-Beard the Pirate (voice of Antonio Banderas) discovers a magic book that tells the story of Bikini Bottom and realises that whatever he writes in the book comes true. When he sees the success of the Krusty Krab and its famous Krabby Patties, he wants to steal the secret recipe. The Krusty Krab is owned by Mr Krabs (Clancy Brown), a rather greedy crab who likes making lots of money. SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) works there as a burger flipper along with Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass) the cashier.
Burger-Beard isn’t the only one who wants to steal the recipe. Plankton (Mr Lawrence) the owner of the rival café Chum Bucket, also wants the recipe. In his attempt to steal it from the vault it magically disappears, taken out of Bikini Bottom by Burger-Beard. Bikini Bottom descends into chaos and anarchy and SpongeBob knows he must get the recipe back to save his ocean home. He makes a time machine with Plankton and together they go back in time to stop the recipe disappearing. However, in order to restore order to Bikini Bottom they need to travel to the real world and find Burger-Beard.
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.
Time travel: greed and theft; magic
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 quite a lot of cartoon style violence in this movie. Most is played for comedy but some of is likely to disturb young children or need explanation. 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 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.
Younger children in this age group may need help with some of the above-mentioned scenes – especially the idea of human sacrifice
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 of concern
None of concern in the movie but plenty of associated merchandise
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Plenty of girls in skimpy bikinis
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie that children may imitate, including:
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of water is an animated comedy action movie based on the TV character and aimed at children. The high level of violence and scary scenes however, make it unsuitable for children under 6 and parental guidance is recommended for 6 to 10 year olds. It is more intense in the 3D version.
The main messages from this movie are that more is achieved by working as a team.
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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