By Australian Council on Children and the Media
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G-Force
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Disney

 
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Rating
  • Suitable for viewing by general population
Recommendations
  • Not recommended for children under 5
  • Parental guidance for children under 8
  • Suitable for children over 8
Warnings
  • Contains violence and scary scenes
Genre Animated comedy adventure
Length 88 minutes
Release Date 17/9/2009

Story

G-Force is an animated movie that follows the adventures of a group of animals specially trained to work as US government agents. The G-Force consists of guinea pigs Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Speckles the mole (Nicholas Cage), and the blowfly Mooch (Edwin Louis).

Under the direction of animal behavioural researcher Dr Ben Kendall (voice of Zach Galifianakis), this crack team uncovers an evil plot linked to the launching of a new wireless communication system – ‘Cluster Storm’. This system has been developed by electronics entrepreneur Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy). The animals discover that the new system has the capacity to remotely communicate with every Saber-brand household appliance. It can then convert harmless goods such as coffee machines into deadly weapons. The G-Force operates covertly to prevent Saber’s destructive plan for world domination.

Along the way, FBI agents Trigstad (Gabriel Casseus) and Carter (Jack Conley) try to shut down the G-Force operation. As the situation becomes critical, the G-Force team realises that one of their own members has betrayed them. This results in a bitter battle to save the world.

G-Force is directed by Hoyt Yeatman and produced by Jerry Bruickheimer.

Here we outline any topics, issues and ideas in this movie that might upset children and adolescents, so that you can gauge whether it is appropriate for your child. For example, children and adolescents may react adversely to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, separation from a parent, animal cruelty or distress, children as victims, natural disasters and racism.

Death of loved ones; betrayal

Here we identify any violence in this movie, and explain how and why it might impact on your child or adolescent. In general, movie violence can make children less sensitive to the use of violence in real life. Alternatively, they may become fearful about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world. In some contexts, it can also teach them to see violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.

This movie contains frequent mild animated and comic violence. For example:

  • Guinea pigs smash through a large plate-glass window, scattering shards of broken glass over two human FBI agents.
  • Guinea pigs lead FBI men on a wild car chase that results in a forceful crash and car roll.
  • FBI men yell at each other during the car chase scene.
  • Guinea pigs fight against robotic creatures.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie contains some scenes that could scare or disturb children under eight. For example:

  • A coffee machine is transformed into a deadly robot that pursues guinea pigs. It shoots coffee beans at them like a machine gun and then hurls metal razor-like blades at them.
  • Several household appliances come to life, grow deadly arms and legs, and jump off their shelves to attack humans and animals.
  • A pet shop carpet snake with its mouth open in a threatening pose is pictured in extreme close-up.
  • A boy throws a guinea pig across a pet store.
  • A guinea pig catches fire.
  • A young boy places a guinea pig in a remote-control car and drives the car around a dangerous obstacle course and over jumps.
  • A guinea pig is dressed up and made to wear make-up against her will.
  • Three guinea pigs parachute into a yard containing savage dogs.
  • A guinea pig seeks to escape a pet shop cage by launching himself at high speed into the cage’s glass wall.
  • A guinea pig falls through a trapdoor onto a hard floor below.
  • Vicious guard dogs corner three guinea pigs.
  • A guinea pig is trapped in a microwave oven about to start cooking.
  • A guinea pig is placed roughly into a plastic bag and thrown into the back of a garbage truck.
  • A man dressed as an animal exterminator approaches the guinea pigs, spraying clouds of smoke or gas at them.
  • Nazi-like human characters march moles off to be put to death.

From 8-13

There are no other scenes likely to scare or disturb children in this age group.

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

This movie contains some sexual references. For example:

  • Male and female guinea pigs engage in some mild flirting.
  • A male guinea pig refers to a female guinea pig as ‘fine china’.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

This movie contains some substance use. For example:

  • A guinea pig uses a food pellet as a cigar.
  • A group of humans drink alcoholic cocktails. 

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Coarse language

This movie contains some mild suggestive and coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

G-Force is an entertaining light-weight animated comedy adventure. It has impressive special effects but little storyline.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include loyalty and family bonds.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about issues such as the way the movie shows cruelty to animals as comic. In real life, it has serious impacts on animals who are unable to defend themselves. You could also talk about how betraying friends and family leads to loneliness.

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  • Last Reviewed 2009-09-14