Not recommended under 12; parental guidance recommended 12 to 15, due to scary scenes, themes, sexual references and coarse language
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to scary scenes, themes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children 12 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children 15 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:||Girl Asleep|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is a quirky and whimsical coming-of-age film set in 1970’s suburban Australia. Greta (Bethany Whitmore) has moved into a new neighbourhood and is about to turn 15. Life is embarrassing enough for her anyway, but when her parents (Amber McMahon and Matthew Whittett) decide to throw her a birthday party she feels completely out of her depth. As the guests arrive, Greta becomes overwhelmed and is thrown into a dream sequence that takes us deep into her imagination.
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.
Growing up; fitting in at school; peer pressure; bullying; sexuality and sexual consent
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 physical and verbal 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.
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 aged five to eight, including the following:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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 find some of the above scenes disturbing and may wish to discuss them with an adult.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is fairly frequent coarse language in this movie, including:
Girl asleep is an original, funny and warm look at the inner world of adolescence. It explores what it feels like to become comfortable in your own skin as you grow up and mature. Although the film is very quirky and surreal at times, the anxieties and fears about growing up which it portrays are universal and real. There are a number of scenes which are likely to scare younger children, and due to the film’s themes, sexual references and coarse language, it is best suited to teenagers.
The main messages from this movie are that things that make us feel anxious, uncomfortable and worried might not be as bad as they seem, and can be overcome.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss:
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