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Parental guidance under 8 (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Due to some scary scenes, parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of eight.|
|Children over the age of 8||Children over the age of eight should be able to view 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Valiant|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
It’s May 1944, and the Royal Homing Pigeon Service (RHPS) is suffering heavy casualties from ‘Nazi’ Falcon attacks over the Channel. Wing Commander Gutsy (Hugh Laurie) sets out to replenish the messenger squads with recruits from around England. Gutsy’s daring exploits and heroics gain the admiration of a small, but plucky pigeon, Valiant (Ewan McGregror), who decides to enlist. After bidding farewell to his mother and friend Felix (John Hurt), Valiant flies off to London, where he meets and accidentally rescues a somewhat scruffy Bugsy (Ricky Gervais). The pair joins the RHPS and are put in “F squad”, along with the posh Lofty (Pip Torrens), brothers Toughwood (Brian Lonsdale) and Tailfeather (Dan Roberts), and under the command of Sergeant (Jim Broadbent). The tough training regime is somewhat sweetened for Valiant by a romance with nurse Victoria (Olivia Williams).
Meanwhile, across the Channel in France, the ‘Nazi’ falcon, Von Talon (Tim Curry) and his minions, Cufflingk (Rik Mayall) and Underlingk (Michael Schlingmann), are trying to extract the location and plans of the French Resistance from a captured RPHS member, Mercury (John Cleese). Thus far, Mercury has managed to resist their interrogation.
The day arrives when F squad are called up to join Gutsy in a mission to get an important message from the Mouse Division of the French Resistance. The squad must overcome their fears, inexperience and self-doubt to complete the mission as a team and rescue their fallen comrade, Mercury.
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 mild violence in this movie, usually with comic intent, 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 scary scenes in this movie that could disturb younger children, including:
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 could 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.
Some of the above-mentioned scenes could also concern children in this age bracket, particularly the plane crash with Commander Gutsy apparently still inside, and the pursuit of pigeons and mice by the falcons.
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 no scenes in this movie that would scare children over the age of thirteen.
The film contains some mild sexual references including:
There is no nudity or sexual activity in this movie.
There is a scene in Valiant’s local pub, but none of the main characters are shown to be drinking or inebriated.
There is no coarse language, but some name calling, including:
There is also reference to a ‘poop-deck’ (pointing to a bottom).
The movie’s main message is that good overcomes evil, and that size really doesn’t matter.
Values parents may wish to encourage include:
This movie could give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their consequences, such as.
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