Not recommended under 15 due to themes, violence and substance use.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to themes, violence and substance use|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this age group although parents may wish to discuss the issues raised.|
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:||Nerve|
|Consumer advice lines:||mature themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Nerve is a techno-thriller based on a novel of the same name. The film centres on an online reality ‘truth or dare’ video game, where individuals are able to enter as either ‘players’ or ‘watchers’.
High-school yearbook photographer Vee (Emma Roberts) is living a quiet life after the death of her older brother, making conservative and safe choices and rarely taking risks of any kind. One day, her outgoing and adventurous best friend Sydney (Emily Meade) tells her about an online game called ‘Nerve’, where players can accept dares from watchers, and receive monetary rewards that increase with the danger of the dares. The game has three basic rules: all dares must be recorded on the player’s phone, money earned will be revoked if players fail or do not complete the dare, and players must not report the game to police.
Although the initial dares are manageable and fairly low-risk, they quickly become increasingly dangerous for Vee. When things become too intense, she decides to inform law enforcement about the existence of the game. However, they do nothing in response and Vee subsequently loses all the money from her bank account as a punishment. Vee, with the support of her friend Sydney, attempts to find an alternative way of ending the game without any more harm being done.
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.
Risk and danger; online video gaming; mob mentality and peer pressure; friendship and relationships
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 the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group are likely to be disturbed by the violent scenes described above.
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 are also likely to be disturbed by the violent scenes described above.
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 may also be disturbed by some of the violent scenes described above.
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 some of the violent scenes described above.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some sexual content and nudity, including:
There is some use of substances within the film, including:
There is some coarse language in the film, including:
Nerve is a thriller about teenage behaviour online that highlights a range of very current and socially relevant concerns. The movie illustrates how online anonymity can encourage individuals to behave in unsafe or unethical ways and avoid responsibility. It explores the ways in which peer pressure and the concept of ‘group think’ can be dangerous by ensuring that no individual feels obligated to take responsibility for things that a group might be doing. The film also shows the need for courage in the face of obstacles, and the importance of supportive friendships.
The film’s M rating for ‘mature themes’ is justified and the film also has scenes of violence and substance use that may concern parents. It is therefore not recommended for viewers under 15.
Parents of teens may wish to discuss the issues raised by the film, 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