School holiday movies for young and old

What’s on at the movies for the school holidays?

Several Christmas themed movies have been released in the lead up to school holidays this year.

The Grinch (G) is likely to be a popular choice and should appeal to the whole family. However, parents should be aware that for children under seven, there are some scary scenes that may require guidance.

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer (G) has been marketed to the whole family in the lead up to Christmas but some of the themes are geared more towards older children and tweens.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG) will be attractive for younger children but is not really suited for those under eight as there are some scenes that may be a bit too scary.

Action Movies for older children

A few action-packed, superhero type films are coming to cinemas through the holidays. These include Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse (PG), Once Upon a Dead- pool (M), Bumblebee (M), and Aquaman (M). Of the bunch, Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse is really the only one of these that might be suitable for kids between 8 and 13 as the others are likely to contain more mature themes, violence and coarse language and be better suited to teenagers. Along similar lines,

The Kid who would be King (not yet classified) is a modern twist on the legend of King Arthur and, with a 12-year-old boy as the main character, it is likely to appeal to young tweens, teenagers and fantasy fans.

After Christmas releases

Two animated action films will be released just after Christmas and New Year. Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) is the sequel to the 2012 Wreck-It Ralph. Parents can expect it may contain a fair bit of animated violence and themes that are more geared towards teens than younger children, such as online social media life and video gaming. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be released shortly after. Like the first and second movies, it is likely to be rated PG and, although it may appeal to younger children, parents should consider that the first two movies were not recommended to children under 7 or 8 due to violent and scary scenes.

Holmes and Watson, a comedic take on the Sherlock Holmes stories, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, will be released on Boxing Day. It could be a fun movie for parents to watch with their older teen children but is unlikely to be suitable for younger children.

Just after the New Year, Mary Poppins Returns is due to be released and is yet to be classified. A sequel to the original 1964 musical film Mary Poppins, it should appeal to the whole family, young and old. In mid-January, the heart-warming and family-friendly documentary Pick of the Litter (G) will be released. It follows a litter of puppies as they train to become guide dogs and promises to be a lovely film for the whole family, even the little ones.

See full reviews of all these films as they are released  from the Australian Council on Children and the Media.

Text from Australian Council on Children and the Media;