Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence, coarse language, sexual references)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence, adult themes, coarse language and sexual references|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, adult themes, coarse language and sexual references|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Zookeeper|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Following a humiliating marriage proposal rejection by Stephanie (Leslie Bibb), Griffin Keyes (Kevin James) dedicates himself to bringing happiness to the lives of the animals in his charge. Years later, he unexpectedly meets up with Stephanie again and this rekindles his unrequited feelings towards her.
Griffin decides that the only way to win Stephanie’s affection is to change into the kind of man she wants. For this reason, Griffin considers leaving the zoo to take up a higher paid, more prestigious job in his brother Dave’s car dealership. In an effort to prevent this move, the zoo animals work together to help Griffin win Stephanie back. The animals involved in this plot include Joe the lion (voice of Sylvester Stallone), his partner Janet (voice of Cher), Jerome the bear (voice of Jon Favreau) and his friend Bruce the bear (voice of Faizon Love), Bernie the gorilla (voice of Nick Nolte), Donald the monkey (voice of Adam Sandler), and Sebastian the wolf (voice of Bas Rutten).
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.
Separation from loved ones; betrayal; adult relationships
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 a great deal of cartoon-style violence which does not depict realistic consequences. Examples include:
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:
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 disturbed by some of the scenes described above.
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 disturbed by some of the scenes described above.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
There is some product placement, including
There are a number of sexual references in this movie including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There are some coarse language, putdowns and toilet humour in this movie, including:
Zookeeper is a reasonably entertaining comedy, which may appeal to a cross-section of age groups, although it is not recommended for the under 8s. Much of the humour is derived from either sexual references or depictions of accidents involving physical discomfort or injury to the main character.
The film’s predominant message is that people cannot be happy or satisfied with life until they are able to be true to themselves. Unfortunately, there are some problematic subtexts, such as the notion that violence is an appropriate means of resolving conflict and therefore, those with the most power are likely to come out on top. Divorced or separated parents may be concerned about the film’s idealised depiction of “true” love as singular and life-long. In addition, the movie contains numerous discussions of the best ways to “get” a female, which could be interpreted as promoting a view of women as objects or possessions.
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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