Not recommended under 11, PG to 13 (Violence; themes and sexual references)
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|Children under 11||Not recommended due to violence, themes and sexual references.|
|Children 11-12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and sexual references.|
|Children 13 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:||Sapphires, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, themes, coarse language and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in 1968, The Sapphires is based on the true story of four Indigenous Australian singers. Sisters, Cynthia, Gail and Julie (Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy) leave their family in the country after being discovered by Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd). The girls, together with Dave, head for Melbourne and are joined by their cousin, Kay (Shari Sebbens) to audition for a job to entertain the American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. Before long, ‘The Sapphires’ arrive in Saigon and are confronted by the contrast between the vibrant and buzzing city and the surrounding horrors of war.
The girls’ talent shines and they move from performing in bars to travelling on the road to perform for the soldiers in various army bases. As they travel through the Vietnamese country side, within combat zones, the girls and Dave all have their own learning to do about life, love and identity.
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.
War and death; racism and discrimination; alcohol dependence
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 this movie 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 aged 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 may also 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 may also be disturbed by scenes of a child being taken away and the distress of the family
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
None of oncern
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 some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Sapphires is based on the real life story of four courageous Indigenous Australian women who, in an era of significant racial discrimination, used their talent overseas to entertain American soldiers. It is entertaining and the story has many discussion raising aspects for older children. However, there are themes and disturbing scenes which make it unsuitable for children under 11.
The main messages from this movie focus around the issue of identity. All of the girls come to an understanding of their role within their group. Gail understands her role as ‘mumma bear’ looking out for her younger siblings and cousin and how this is connected to the guilt she carries from her childhood where she was unable to protect Kay from the government officials. Kay has lived in both the indigenous and ‘white’ worlds and has to decide where her heart belongs. Dave also finds himself along the journey. He feels that he has failed in his life as a musician and a husband and has given in to drinking and wasting his life away. Gail forces him to confront these ‘failures’ and he realises that there are more important things to work for.
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