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Not recommended under 9, and PG to 11 (Scary Scenes, Violence, Themes)
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to scary scenes and violence|
|Children aged 9-11||parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and violence|
|Children aged 11 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:||Where the Wild Things Are|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence and scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the picture book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are is about a young boy named Max (Max Records) with a vivid imagination, who travels to an island by boat and befriends the wild monsters who live there. The movie differs from the book in that Max actually travels to the island, after having an argument with his Mum (Catherine Keener) and running away from home.
Max travels across the ocean and is washed up in a storm onto an island inhabited by monstrous looking Wild Things who are very much like savage children themselves. In order to save his life he tells them that he has special powers that can fix their problems and in response they decide to make him King of all the Wild Things with the understanding that under his rule they will be happy and everything will be exactly as they have always dreamed it could be. There he meets an aggressive male Wild Thing named Carol (voice of Gandolfini) who, fortunately for Max, decides not to eat him and becomes his friend. A depressed Judith (voice of Catherine O’Hara) is not so sure and is more suspicious of Max. Eventually they believe Max’s story that he’s a king and make him their own king.
At first Max does a great job. His wild rumpus brings them all together, his plans for a huge, impenetrable fortress where they can all sleep in a big pile are going well, everyone is helping and cooperating but slowly differences of opinion begin to arise, loyalties are questioned and Carol begins to show a far more darker and dangerous side. It is only after Max barely escapes with his life that he begins to appreciate what he had before and begins to realize that what the Wild Things need is not king, but a Mum.
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.
Loneliness; family relationships and breakdown, depression, elements of domestic violence
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes and characters
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 scared by some of the above mentioned scenes and by the scene where Max’s teacher at school tells the class about the eventual death of the sun and alarms the children with the impending doom of planet Earth.
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.
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Social drinking among adults
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Where the Wild Things Are is a dark, fantasy, adventure being promoted as a children’s film but is entirely unsuitable for young audiences. Fans of the book may well want to see it but they should be forewarned that any similarities end with the costumes and characters and that the plot of the movie heads in a far more sinister direction. There is also a lot of handheld camera footage.
The main messages from this movie are that sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it is gone. Be grateful for family and for those that love you for who or what you are.
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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