Not recommended under 13, parental guidance recommended 13 to 15 (Adult themes; Coarse language)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to adult themes and coarse language|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes|
|Children aged 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:||Looking for Grace|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Grace (Odessa Young) and her friend Sappho (Kenya Pearson) take a bus trip from Perth to Ceduna in South Australia, reportedly to see a death metal band. They leave home without telling their parents and having stolen thousands of dollars from Grace’s parents’ safe. Along the way a young guy Jamie (Harry Richardson) gets on the bus and the three make friends straight away. Grace and Jamie are attracted to each other and Sappho therefore, gets left out. She decides to go home and Grace and Jamie spend a night in a motel. Jamie, however, leaves early in the morning, taking Grace’s money with him.
Grace is now alone, without any money and scared. She sets off along the road by herself. Meanwhile her parents Denise (Radha Mitchell) and Dan (Richard Roxburgh) hire a retired private detective, Tom, (Terry Norris) to help them find her. They eventually do find her along the road but during the journey much becomes evident about their own relationship.
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.
Runaway teens; relationships; infidelity
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 little violence in this movie but one of the main characters is hit by a double semi-trailer. Nothing is shown, just the sound of the crash and everyone running to the scene.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Nothing else of concern
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.
When Grace is on her own she finds an isolated garage in which there is a car. She gets inside it to sleep but constantly hears noises in the night and is obviously afraid.
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 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 above mentioned scenes.
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 quite a lot of coarse language in this movie, including:
Looking for Grace is a long drawn out melodrama. It is interesting in that it is told from several different perspectives but is the same story repeated several times. The content makes it more suitable for older teens and the story raises some interesting discussion points, but it may not hold the attention of many teenage viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that life is often complex and that things aren’t always as they seem.
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