Not recommended under 15 (Themes; Violence; sexual references, substance use)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to themes, sexual references and substance use.|
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:||Footloose|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Footloose is a remake of the classic 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon. MTV have put a modern twist on the classic and introduce new upcoming stars as the main characters. It is a teen movie about rebellion and social activism against overprotective parents.
After a tragic car accident kills five teenagers from the small town of Bomont, city officials, headed by the Reverend McCormick (Dennis Quaid) implement new laws to protect their children, including an early curfew, no loud music and a ban on unsupervised dancing.
Ren (Kenny Wormald) moves to Bomont from Boston to live with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mother and finds that the small quiet town takes some getting used to. Ren starts at the local high school where he meets McCormick’s rebellious daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough), the sister of one of the teenagers killed in the accident.
Together with Ariel and other teenagers in the town, Ren begins the life-changing process of challenging the strict rules and urging the adults to allow them to hold a dance.
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.
Death of family members: grief and loss; teenage rebellion
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 and injury 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, children in this age group may be scared by a scene in which Ren jumps out from behind his car to scare his young nieces.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared by the above 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 are likely to be disturbed by the idea of the death of family members and the associated grief.
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 the idea of the death of family members and the associated grief.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Footloose is a remake of the classic 1984 movie about a teenage fight against overprotective and unrealistic rules implemented by adults. This version is more sexually provocative and incorporates a wider range of dance styles.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss a number of issues raised by the story, including:
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