Not recommended under 13 due to themes, sexual references and scenes that may scare younger children.
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to themes, sexual references and scenes that may scare younger children.|
|Children 13 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:||Golden Years|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, sexual references and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Retirees Arthur (Bernard Hill) and Martha (Virginia McKenna) Goode enjoy a quiet, comfortable life socialising with friends and playing bowls and bingo at their local community club. However all that changes in a single day when Arthur learns that his wife in no longer eligible for health care and that his retirement fund has collapsed, leaving him and Martha penniless. A number of Arthur and Martha’s friends from the club have suffered similar fates.
Feeling desperate, Arthur decides to rob the local bank, and through a comedy of errors and unexpected outcomes manages to get away with 50,000 pounds. When Martha accidentally discovers Arthur’s secret stash of bank notes, the pair decides that if Arthur can get away with robbing a bank by accident then they could definitely be successful with more planning, and embark on a spree of bank robberies.
The success of the robberies results in the police believing that they are looking for a well- organised gang of professional criminals. Ageing detective Sid (Alun Armstrong), close to retirement age himself, and his trusty younger side-kick Dave (Nigel Allen) are determined to catch the gang but are hampered at every turn by the ambitious and backstabbing DI Stringer (Brad More).
When their community club needs to be saved, Arthur and Martha decide to call in the assistance of a few of their close friends to rob bank executives of their bonus fund, but all does not go as planned.
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.
Ageing and the treatment of the elderly; relationships; bank robbery
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.
The film contains some violence and accidental harm, much of it slapstick. 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 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 may also 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.
Younger children in this age group may be scared 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.
Nothing of concern
The film contains covert sexual references and innuendo scattered throughout. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity in this movie, including:
There is some substance use. Examples include:
The film contains low-level language throughout and some name calling. Examples include:
Golden Years is a crime comedy targeting an older adolescent and adult audience who are likely to enjoy cheering for the unlikely heroes. The cast includes some of Britain’s finest film and TV drama actors. The film is not recommended for children under 13 due to its themes, sexual references and a number of scenes that might scare younger children.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include fairness, selflessness and generosity.
Parents may wish to discuss with their children whether the characters depicted in the film were criminals, or the victims of crime, or both. Was breaking the law the only option open to the film’s characters to obtain justice?
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