Short takes: Not suitable under 13, parental guidance recommended 13-15 due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes.|
|Children aged 13 to15||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing themes and scenes.|
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:||Labor Day|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the book by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day is a story told by an adult Henry Wheeler (Tobey Maguire) remembering a time when he was 13 years old and an escaped convict spent the five day holiday weekend with him and his mother Adele (Kate Winslett). Adele and Henry (Gattlin Griffith) had been on their own for some years since Henry’s father Gerald (Clark Gregg) left Adele for another woman. Adele has suffered depression since and rarely leaves her home except for a monthly shopping visit.
It is on one of these visits that a badly injured Frank (Josh Brolin), having jumped out of a hospital window to escape prison, approaches Henry and persuades Adele to give him a lift to their home. Adele tends to his wounds and Henry fits right in, cooking, cleaning, mending things around the house and teaching Henry to play baseball. The police are on constant lookout for Frank so he has to be careful. In the short time that he is there, Frank and Adele fall in love and plan to escape to Canada but their plans go sadly awry.
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.
Dysfunctional families; step-families; loss and grief; depression
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 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.
This age group could 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.
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 could also be concerned by some of the above mentioned scenes. In addition:
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:
Nothing of concern
Labor Day is a melodramatic, romantic movie which shows the vulnerability of lonely, single women. It is filmed in beautiful locations and this helps to balance the sadness of the story. Despite having a 13 year old boy as a main character, the themes and disturbing scenes make the film unsuitable for children and younger teens might also find it disturbing.
The main messages from this movie are to not accept things on face value but to seek out the truth and also the power of the strong bond between mother and son.
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