Not recommended under 15 due to coarse language and sexual references.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to coarse language and sexual references|
|Children 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:||About Time|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse language and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Richard Curtis’ About Time is a poignant and heart-warming romantic comedy about love, taking chances and having the power to shape your own future. After Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his father (Bill Nighy) informs him that the men in their family can travel in time. Although they cannot alter history or significant historical events, his father tells Tim to use his power to create the life that he truly wants. At first, Tim attempts to relive specific situations to make his sister’s beautiful friend Charlotte (Margot Robbie) fall in love with him. However, he discovers that he cannot change all things when she fails to fall for him irrespective of his time travel.
Upon moving to London where Tim stays at his Uncle Harry’s (Tom Hollander) house, he meets a girl named Mary (Rachel McAdams) on a blind date. He immediately falls for her, and they exchange details with the hope of seeing each other again. However, after using his power to change history and help his uncle, Tim realises that Mary’s phone number has been lost from his phone and that the date he remembers no longer look place in reality. Tim travels back in time to meet Mary once more, and they fall quickly in love with one another.
Although Tim’s life with Mary and their daughter is perfect for quite some time, he eventually learns that his father has terminal cancer. Tim travels back after his death to visit him and extend their time together. However, Mary falls pregnant with their second child and Tim realises that he has to put an end to time travelling.
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.
Love and romance, family, time travel, fate, death and illness, marriage
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 limited violence in the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
None of concern
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.
Tim’s father dies of cancer – none of this is shown on screen but the characters attend a funeral for him.
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 be upset by the death of Tim’s father
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.
Nothing of concern
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There was some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
About Time is a charming film about love, loss and living in the moment. Coarse language and sexual references make it unsuitable for children and younger teens, but it has plenty to interest and entertain those aged 15 and over. Tim’s journey reflects the innate desire of human beings to connect with another individual who will accept you unconditionally and be a partner in every aspect of life. Although cloaked with the fantasy concept of time travel, this film ultimately speaks to the importance of making the right choices to shape your life, and of making the most of life.
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