Not recommended under 15 (Themes; Violence; Sex; Coarse language)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to themes, violence, sex and coarse language|
|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:||St Vincent|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence, sex scene and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
St Vincent is a film that follows a middle-aged Vietnam veteran (Bill Murray) who is living a hedonistic, misanthropic existence, with little money or future to show for himself. Vincent’s life takes an unexpected turn when his neighbour requires a babysitter for his 12-year-old son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Vincent accepts for a fee, but instead of merely wasting some time and receiving payment, he discovers a unique and rewarding friendship with the young boy. Vincent goes on to mentor and teach young Oliver in the ways of life, street survival, self-defence and a range of other things. The two go on adventures together, and Oliver begins to see beyond Vincent’s façade of bitterness and misery.
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.
Relationships and friendship; war veterans; divorce; role models
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 mild 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 most likely to be scared by the violence 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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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 also 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.
Nothing of concern
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:
The film contains considerable coarse language, including:
St Vincent is a story of friendship, self-acceptance and personal growth. It depicts the unlikely bond that forms between a war veteran and young child, both of whom appear to have similar levels of realism about the world and complexities within their personalities. The film demonstrates that it is important not to judge people before truly getting to know them, and that it is possible for even the most disillusioned of people to find joy and happiness through new experiences and relationships.
Despite having a child as a main character, this is definitely a movie for adults and is not recommended for under 15 year olds because of its themes, violence and coarse language.
Parents of older teens may wish to discuss a number of issues which arise from 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