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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Viol. Scary scenes. Theme)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended|
|Children over the age of 13||Should be ok to see this movie with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Unaccompanied Minors|
|Consumer advice lines:||Infrequent mild violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) and his younger sister, Santa-phobic Charlie (Tyler James Williams), rich-girl Grace (Gina Mantegna), tomboy Donna (Quinn Shephard) and quiet and child-like Beef (Brett Kelly) find themselves snowed in at Hoover International airport while in transit to visit family at Christmas. The unexpected stopover and Christmas holiday travel reminds them all of their various family problems, including divorce, abandonment and family expectations.
As unaccompanied minors at the airport, the children are taken by Passenger Relations worker, Zach (Wilmer Valderrama) to the Unaccompanied Minors (UM) Lounge. The five older children decide that the chaos of the UM Lounge is not for them and make their escape. This action earns them the wrath of the surly Passenger Relations manager, Oliver (Lewis Black), who has also had his holiday to Hawaii ruined by the weather. The children are caught by security and thrown back into the UM Lounge.
Undaunted, they group together, realising that only as a team can they free themselves again. Spencer has added incentive to escape, as he has now become separated from his sister. With their combined abilities and the aid of a soft hearted Zach, they again attempt an escape, all the while facing the increasingly desperate efforts of Oliver and his security team to control them.
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.
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, mostly intended for comic effect, 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Most children in this age group would be ok with the above-mentioned scenes, although some could be concerned by the mishaps Spencer’s father goes through on his way to the airport.
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.
It is unlikely that anything in this movie would scare or disturb children over the age of thirteen.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is one scene in which Spencer’s auntie wakes up on Christmas Day with a bottle of spirits in her hand and looking hung over.
There no coarse language in this movie, but a bit of name-calling including fat boy, idiot, moron, noodle-head, suckers, psycho, goofball.
While many children will enjoy the slapstick and occasional toilet humour in Unaccompanied Minors, adolescents and adults may find the humour weak and plot improbable.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents could discuss with their children the real-life consequences of using violence to resolve issues, and the impact of divorce.
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