Not suitable under 13, not recommended under 15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes and themes; Coarse language)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language|
|Children 13-15||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 15 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.
|Name of movie:||Warm Bodies|
|Consumer advice lines:||Horror themes, violence and infrequent coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Warm Bodies opens with a monologue from a young male zombie called “R” (Nicholas Hoult). We learn that a virus has infected the world, turning its inhabitants into flesh eating zombies. Although the newer zombies are human-like in appearance they lack all human emotions and are driven by the need to eat the brains of their human victims so as to gain their memories. Those who have been zombies for a longer period of time, referred to as Bonies, have a skeletal appearance and are more aggressive. “R” is an exception to the average zombie. He is rather introspective, collects all manner of paraphernalia and lives aboard an abandoned passenger jet at an airport inhabited by hundreds of zombies.
Julie (Teresa Palmer) is a young human who lives with her father General Grigio (John Malkovich) and her boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) in a city surrounded by a giant wall that keeps the human inhabitants safe from the zombies who roam around outside. One day Julie, Perry and a group of their friends are sent outside the city walls to search for medical supplies. R, his best friend M (Rod Corddry) and a group of zombies are out prowling the streets looking for human brains to eat when they run into Julie and her friends. Perry shoots at R who kills Perry and eats his brain.
R takes on some of Perry’s memories and feeling for Julie and decides that he has to protect Julie from the other zombies. He takes Julie back to the his plane and over the next few days they begin to form a friendship. R becomes more human as his friendship with Julie develops and other zombies who have contact with R and Julie also begin to change. Only the Bonies remain unchanged and continue to be a threat to humans, and to the transforming zombies.
If humans are to survive and the zombies are to become completely human, Julie must find a way to persuade her father that they are changing and that the humans must accept the changed zombies into their ranks so that they can together defeat the Bonies.
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.
The supernatural; zombies; cannibalism
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.
Warm Bodies contains: horror violence which at times is intense, the depiction of gruesome deaths including images of blood and gore images. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
As well as the violent scenes described above, Warm Bodies is full of scenes that are likely to disturb 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 will 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Younger children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The film contains infrequent low-level sexual references. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language and name calling in this movie, including:
Warm Bodies is a horror romance which is likely to be enjoyed by older adolescents. The film has been released in time for the school holidays and younger children may be attracted by the publicity and the attractive young stars, including Australian Teresa Palmer. Parents should be aware that the film is not suitable for under 13s and not recommended for 13-15s because of violence and disturbing scenes and themes. These include gruesome scenes of zombies attacking people and eating their brains.
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