Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (Scary scenes, themes and images)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to scary scenes, themes and images.|
|Children aged 8-10||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes, themes and images.|
|Children over the age of 10||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:||Witches, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild Horror|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the book by Roald Dahl, The Witches tells the story of Luke (Jasen Fisher), a young boy who goes on a holiday with his parents to visit his Norwegian Grandma (Mai Zetterling). Grandma loves to tell Luke bedtime stories about witches who, she says, spend their time plotting to kill children. Luke wakes one morning to find his parents' bed empty and learns the sad news that they've been killed in an accident.
Grandma decides to take Luke to England to spend some time in a seaside resort. There, Luke stumbles upon a convention of witches, led by the Grand High Witch herself (Angelica Houston). The Grand High Witch has developed a formula that will turn all the children of England into mice and she demonstrates this on a poor, hapless boy, Bruno (Charlie Potter). Luke also becomes a victim, and as a mouse, has to devise a way to defeat the witches.
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.
Fantasy; witchcraft; mild horror; death of parents.
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 are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Witches is a dark comedy based on the children's book of the same name. While the movie may be funny for older children, younger children could be terrified by this movie because the images and the stories are very scary. Therefore, The Witches is not suitable for children under 8 and parental guidance is recommended to 10.
The main message from this movie is that good triumphs over evil.
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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