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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Scary scenes. Themes)
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|Children under 8||Due to some scary scenes, this movie is not recommended for children under the age of eight, particularly preschoolers. Older children in this age bracket may be able to view this movie with some parental guidance.|
|Children aged 8-13||Due to the movieu2019s themes and scary scenes, parental guidance is recommended for children between the ages of 8-13, particularly those at the lower end of this age bracket|
|Children over the age of 13||Children over the age of 13 should be able to see 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:||Zathura: A Space Adventure|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild scary scenes, Mild coarse language, Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Danny (Jonah Bobo), Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Lisa (Kristen Stewart), whose parents are divorced, spend part of the time with their father (Tim Robbins) and part with their mother. Danny aged nearly seven, and Walter aged ten, fight all the time, with Danny believing that Walter is better than him at everything, and Walter constantly accusing Danny of cheating and refusing to play with him.
The boys are left in the care of their older teenage sister for a short while and, in the middle of yet another argument, Walter lowers Danny into the basement via the dumb waiter. The basement is dark and scary and while Danny is trying to get out of it, he finds the game Zathura: A Space Adventure. When Danny starts to play the game, they are transported into outer space and all sorts of exciting things happen. They are hit by a meteor shower, Lisa is cryogenically frozen, Walter is chased by an angry robot and the house is attacked by Zorgons. Along the way they rescue an astronaut (Dax Shepard) who helps them fight the Zorgons. To get home they must finish the game.
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 are a couple of violent scenes 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 scary scenes in this movie 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 may also be scared or 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.
Mostly children aged eight to thirteen will be ok with the scenes in this movie, although some may be worried by the robot chasing Walter with intent to ‘destroy’.
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 is nothing in this movie that would scare children over the age of thirteen.
The astronaut drinks Coke.
The only mild sexual reference is a small interplay between father and daughter about the term ‘hook-up’ but only children older than 12 would recognise this.
There is no nudity or sexual activity in this movie.
There is no use of substances in this movie.
Danny calls Walter a ‘dick’
This movie’s main message is about positive sibling relationships. Also that everyone has individual strengths of which they can be proud, rather then trying to be good at everything that other people are.
Values parents may wish to encourage include:
This movie could give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the potentially disastrous consequences of blaming others, saying or doing things before really thinking about the consequences, and making decisions when angry.
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