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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 15 (scary scenes, themes and violence)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to scary themes, scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 13–15||Parental guidance recommended due to scary themes, scenes and violence.|
|Children over the age of 15||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Witches, The (2020)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Supernatural themes and violence, scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on Roald Dahl's book, this 2020 adaptation of The Witches is set in Alabama, USA. The main character (identified as ‘Hero Boy’) (Jahzir Bruno) is 8 years old when his parents are killed in a car crash. His Grandma (Octavia Spencer) takes him in and looks after him. One day, when they are out shopping, ‘Hero Boy’ is scared by a strange woman. When he tells his Grandma what he saw, she explains the woman was a witch and goes on to describe witches. She tells him that witches wear wigs to cover their bald heads, gloves to cover their clawed hands and shoes to hide their toeless feet. She also tells him that witches hate all children and want to get rid of all of them.
Grandma decides to take ‘Hero Boy’ to a luxury resort to escape from his ordeal. Instead, the boy finds himself at a convention of witches masquerading as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The witches are commanded by the Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway) who has devised a potion that will transform children into mice, and she proceeds to demonstrate on a hapless boy called Bruno (Codie-Lee Eastick). Bruno changes into a mouse in front of ‘Hero Boy's’ eyes, and, in a shocked state, he is also caught by the Grand High Witch and changed into a mouse. It is now up to ‘Hero Boy’ and Bruno, and his pet mouse Daisy (voice of Kristen Chenoweth), to defeat the witches in their dastardly plan.
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.
Supernatural horror; Fantasy; Witchcraft; Death of parents.
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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Witches (2020) is a black comedy but this version is more like a horror movie. The Grand High Witch is very frightening and much scarier than previous versions. The movie shows characters with deformed hands and feet which is quite insensitive to people who might suffer with these disabilities. The book was written as a children's story but this movie is more targeted at teens and adults. It is therefore not recommended for children under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 13 – 15.
The main messages from this movie are that good overcomes evil and that we are stronger as a team than individually.
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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