Not recommended under 10, PG to 14 (Themes, Scary scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to themes and scary scenes|
|Children 10 to 14||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and scary scenes|
|Children 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:||Soul Surfer|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Soul Surfer is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), a 13 year old girl with the world at her feet. She is loved by her supportive family, is part of a close knit church and has her best friend; Alana Blanchard (Lorraine Nicholson) by her side.
Bethany is also a talented surfer, dreaming of making it to the professional circuit, which seems the obvious next step after being sponsored by Ripcurl. One typical morning while surfing Bethany is attacked by a shark and, although her companions save her life, she loses her arm.
The incredibly courageous Bethany and her family and friends work through their grief and loss to come to terms with the tragedy. Bethany faces the challenges of getting back to doing the thing she loves – surfing, and gains a new perspective on her life to become an inspiration for people all over the world.
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.
Dealing with tragedy; natural disasters; spirituality
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.
Soul Surfer contains scenes of violence and injury, 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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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 are also likely to 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.
Children in this age group are also likely be disturbed by 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.
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:
None of concern
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Soul Surfer is an inspiring true story which is likely to interest older children and teenagers, but includes scenes and themes that may disturb younger children.
The main messages from this movie are:
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 the importance of
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