Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 due to violence, coarse language and lack of interest for younger viewers.
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence, coarse language and lack of interest|
|Children 8-12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and coarse language|
|Children 13 and over||OK for this 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:||A Heartbeat Away|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild coarse language, sexual references and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Kevin Flack (Sebastian Gregory) is an aspiring rock musician who is constantly at loggerheads with his father Edwin (William Zappa). Edwin is the director of a marching band which spectacularly lost an ‘at home’ competition twenty years earlier when a downpour caused the band to collapse into the mud. Edwin has never got over this public humiliation and has turned into a bitter and angry old man. He is determined to win the next competition but his plans are seriously disrupted when he’s hit by a truck and finds himself laid up in hospital.
Kevin is somehow persuaded to take over from his Dad and organise the band for the coming event. An added motivation is the fact that developers are planning to take over the club’s meeting rooms and if the band fails, it’s certain doom.
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.
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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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.
Children in this age group may also be 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes.
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.
OK for this age group
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Mandy and Kevin kiss
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
A Heartbeat Away is a comedy with an unlikely, but nevertheless predictable, plot that might appeal to younger teens and some adults.
The main messages from this movie are to accept people for who they are despite the fact that they have different tastes from your own, and not to give up when times are hard.
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:
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age