Not recommended under 14, Parental guidance recommended 14-15 (Violence; Disturbing themes and scenes; Coarse language)
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|Children under 14||Not recommended due to violence, disturbing themes and scenes, and coarse language|
|Children 14-15||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing themes and 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:||Young and prodigious T. S. Spivet, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse language and mature themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) is a ten-year-old child prodigy with a passion for cartography, scientific observation and inventing machines. T.S. lives on a range in Montana with his entomologist mother Dr. Clair (Helena Bonham Carter), his father (Callum Keith Rennie), who dreams of being a cowboy and his teenage sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson), who wants to become Miss America.
We also hear of T.S’s twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies), who died recently in a shooting accident involving T.S. While the entire family is grieving, nobody talks about the accident, but T.S. is very distressed. He blames himself for the accident and has imagined visits from his dead brother.
One day after attending a lecture on perpetual motion, T.S. decides to invent a perpetual motion machine and submits his blueprints to the Smithsonian museum. Sometime later, he receives a call from G.H Jibsen (Judy Davis) from the museum who, believing T.S. to be an adult, informs him that he is the winner of a prestigious award for his machine. Miss Jibsen invites T.S to Washington to accept the award and give a speech.
Without telling his family, T.S. packs a suitcase and sets off on an eventful journey to Washington D.C.
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.
Death of a family member and resulting guilt and grief; family relationships; child prodigies
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 scenes related to the accidental gun death of a young child, action and peril involving young children, and scenes depicting the injury of animals including some blood and gore. 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.
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 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
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There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains coarse language and name calling. Examples include:
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is an adventure drama suited to older adolescent and adult audiences. It contains violence, disturbing themes and scenes, and coarse language that make it unsuitable for children and tweens, and parental guidance is strongly recommended for younger teens. The film is thought-provoking and at times emotionally intense, although with a quirky whimsical feel. While the film on the surface is about a young boy’s lone journey across the US it is also a story about facing emotional demons and a child’s desire for his parents’ love and respect
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