Not recommended under 15 due to themes, emotionally intense scenes and coarse language.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to themes, emotionally intense scenes 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:||Steve Jobs|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse language and mature themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film Steve Jobs (2015) is a biopic about the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple computers.
The film opens with the 1984 launch of the Macintosh computer where we find Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) head of marketing and co-Macintosh inventor Andy Hertzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg) gathered around a giant projector screen arguing about why the demonstration compute won’t say “hello” when turned on. The heated argument that follows gives an insight into the character of Steve Jobs. He is a somewhat scary dictator, who won’t take “no”, or “it can’t be done” for an answer, who will not be late for any reason, and who refuses to acknowledge the existence his own daughter.
The film that follows gives a backstage focus on Steve Jobs as he presents the launch of three of Apples iconic products over a fifteen year period, including the Apple Macintosh, the NeXT cube and the iMac. Through an exposé of his life we learn that Jobs while a genius and visionary was also a very complicated man who found it challenging to work with others and was emotionally damaged as a result of being abandoned as a child. The film follows Steve turbulent relationships with his daughter Lisa Brennan as she grows up, and Lisa’s mother Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterson).
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.
Computers and technological development; relationships; paternity and child maintenance
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.
The violence in this movie is mainly verbal, most of it in the form of intense arguments including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
The intense arguments are likely to scare children in this age group
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 and scary visual images, 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and themes.
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 and themes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some strong language throughout and infrequent name calling. Examples include:
Steve Jobs is a dramatic biopic following a turbulent high-powered career which is aimed at adult viewers. The film is fast paced, entertaining and at times emotionally intense (particularly when the film paints an unflattering image of Jobs as a father). The themes, coarse language and intense verbal arguments make the film unsuitable for children under 15 but the subject matter raises interesting issues for discussion with older teens who are likely to be interested in the career of a high-profile computer genius and the man behind the public image.
The main messages from this movie are:
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