Not recommended under 13; parental guidance recommended 13-15 due to disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language.
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes, and themes and coarse language|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|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:||X + Y|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Nine-year-old Nathan Ellis (Edward Baker-Close) is assessed as being on the Autism Spectrum. He is sensitive, detached and a maths prodigy, fixated on complex mathematical patterns. Nathan avoids touch and finds it challenging to interact socially. The only person that he connects with is his father Michael (Martin McCann) and when Nathan witnesses his father’s death in a car accident, he is traumatised and becomes more introverted.
Nathan is bought up by his devoted, but at times exasperated, mother Julie (Sally Hawkins). Realising she is not able to help Nathan to develop his mathematical mind, Julie takes Nathan out of primary school and enlists him in the local high school where he is befriended by maths teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall).
Several years later we find Nathan (Asa Butterfield), now 15, competing to gain a position on the UK team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Nathan wins his place and manages to form a somewhat awkward relationship with several other competitors including Isaac (Alex Lawther), Rebecca (Alexa Davies) and Luke (Jake Davies).
The UK team travel to Taiwan to take part in an international maths camp and here Nathan strikes up an unexpected friendship with Chinese competitor Zhang Mei (Jo Yang), who is able to entice Nathan out of his protective shell.
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.
Autism spectrum disorder; death of a parent; Multiple Sclerosis
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 film contains a fatal car crash, self-harm, and verbal violence. Examples include:
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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of 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 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 to be disturbed by some of 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 some of the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern
The film contains some low-level sexual references and innuendo. Examples include:
The film contains some sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some coarse language and name calling scattered throughout. Examples include:
X + Y, a drama about a schoolboy maths prodigy with Autism, was inspired by the 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds. It is best suited to adolescents and adults. There are disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language, which make it unsuitable for children under 13. Themes include the death of a parent in a car crash, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self-harm and Multiple Sclerosis. Parental guidance is recommended for the 13-15 age group.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to talk to their children about the social and behavioural difficulties faced by young people on the Autism Spectrum.
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