Not suitable under 8 (Scary scenes), not recommended under 12, PG 12-15 (Themes, sexual references, coarse language)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children 8-11||Not recommended due to themes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to themes 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:||All about Steve|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild sexual references and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) writes cross word puzzles for a local paper. She lives at home with her parents and is socially awkward but not shy about passing on a torrent of esoteric facts to anyone in ear shot.
Worried that she needs a little romance in her life, Mary’s parents set up a blind date for Mary, a cable news cameraman named Steve (Bradley Cooper). Initially, Mary is resistant to the whole affair, but when she sets eyes on Steve she is immediately attracted to him, throwing herself at him as soon as they get into his car. The encounter ends when Steve is called away to cover a breaking news story. Before leaving, he half-heartedly suggests that Mary could accompany him on the road, an offer that Mary must refuse because of her work commitments. Mary is so infatuated with Steve that her next crossword puzzle is ‘all about Steve’, which causes the local paper a great deal of embarrassment and results in Mary being fired.
Remembering Steve’s invitation, and no longer tied to work commitments, Mary decides to take up his offer to accompany him on the road. She boards a bus to Tucson and, after a near miss, tracks Steve down and confronts him. Fearing Mary to be some type of crazed stalker, Steve plans to end the relationship before it gets started. However, in an effort to torment Steve, Steve’s co-worker/newscaster presenter, Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church) encourages Mary to pursue Steve regardless of what Steve might say. As a result, when Steve tells Mary that he has no interest in her and wishes her to leave, Mary ignores him.
With two new found friends Howard (D.J. Qualls) and Elizabeth (Katy Mixon), Mary chases Steve across the country from one news story to another, with at times disastrous consequences that jeopardise Steve’s job.
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.
All About Steve contains some slapstick style violence and talk about violence. Examples include:
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, particularly of accidental harm, 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 in this age group are also likely to 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.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
All about Steve contains sexual references and innuendoes throughout. Examples include:
All About Steve contains some partial nudity and sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
All About Steve contains mild coarse language throughout, some name calling and some crude references. Examples include:
All about Steve is a romantic comedy targeted at older adolescents (over sixteen years) and adults. Much of the film’s humour revolves around crude sexual innuendo and mockery of those who do not fit with what society views as the norm.
The main messages from this movie are:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with older 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