Not recommended under 11; parental guidance recommended 11 to 15 due to themes and drug use.
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|Children under 11||Not recommended due to themes and drug use|
|Children aged 11 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and drug use|
|Viewers 15 and over||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:||A street cat named Bob|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes of drug addiction and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A street cat named Bob is based on the true story of London busker James Bowen (Luke Treadway) who is struggling to overcome heroin addiction. A social worker helps him to get off the streets in the hope that having a stable place to live will help him stick to his methadone program. In his new apartment, James is visited by a friendly stray cat that won’t leave his side. The cat, who he names Bob, becomes James’ lifeline and helps him on his journey to recovery and reconciliation with his past.
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.
Drug dependence; homelessness
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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of 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 of this age are also likely to find the above-mentioned scenes disturbing
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.
Children in this age group may also find the above-mentioned scenes disturbing
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.
Younger viewers in this age group may also find some of the above-mentioned scenes disturbing.
None of concern
There are some mild romantic themes in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is a lot of substance use in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
A street cat named Bob is based on the autobiography of James Bowen. It is gritty and realistic story featuring drug dependence and homelessness, so is not recommended for children under 11 with parental guidance recommended for 11 to 15 year olds. The film provides an excellent opportunity to talk to older children about the serious issues raised and also the strength and importance of our connections to other people and animals. Despite the serious themes, this film manages to be very uplifting and is lightened by the excellent performance of Bob the cat (who plays himself!), great music, and a positive message about the possibility of overcoming adversity.
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