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Not recommended under 5, PG to 10 (Violence, themes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 5-10||Parental guidance due to themes and violence|
|Children over 10||OK 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Underdog|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Underdog follows the exciting exploits of a failed Beagle sniffer-dog who develops supernatural abilities after accidental exposure to a mad scientist’s experimental DNA formula.
Self-proclaimed ‘visionary’ Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) and his assistant Cad (Patrick Warburton) capture Underdog (voice of Jason Lee) for use in their animal experimentation program that aims to develop an army of super-powered animals. While trying to escape the mad doctor’s laboratory, Underdog is doused in the experimental serum, which gives him incredible powers of speed and strength in addition to the ability to fly and speak English.
Underdog is then adopted by security guard Dan Unger (James Belushi), who takes the Beagle home as a pet for his teenage son Jack (Alex Neuberger). Jack initially resents the dog (whom they name ‘Shoeshine’), seeing it as a token gift from a father who is almost never home. However, soon the two make friends and Jack discovers the beagle’s amazing abilities which he decides to keep a secret. Jack encourages the super-dog to use his extraordinary gifts to help others and ‘Shoeshine’ becomes a super-hero who carries out a series of amazing rescues.
Meanwhile, Dr. Barsinister plots to capture Underdog to retrieve the experimental DNA he needs to take over the country. Eventually there is a final showdown between Underdog and the mad doctor, his assistant Cad and the doctor’s three trained German Shepherd dogs.
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.
Kidnapping of animals; Experimentation on animals; Bullying
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes, particularly references to experiments on animals and the scene where it is thought that Underdog is dead.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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Underdog is a fast-paced family comedy drama pitched at children under 15 which will also be enjoyable to older audiences who will appreciate several clever references to the Superman film series.
The main message from this movie is that we are all “born for greatness” and will uncover a wealth of wonderful things inside ourselves if we don’t give up.
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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