Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 13 (Adult themes and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to adult themes and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 12–13||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes and disturbing scenes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on an article written by journalist Tom Junod, entitled, “Can You Say Hello?” in Esquire Magazine in 1998. Junod’s character is known as Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a hard-bitten and cynical journalist, who gets the job of writing an article about the much loved children’s TV presenter, ‘Mr Rogers’. Lloyd is certain that there’s a hard-nosed businessman behind the kindly persona known to the world, so is taken aback to find Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) is the same innocent, almost-childlike, likeable person both off and on screen.
Lloyd probes to find a chink in Fred’s armour but increasingly finds himself on the other side of the interviewing process. Fred, in his own inimitable way, slowly extracts from Lloyd the source of his inner rage which goes back to when his mother died and he was only a child. His anger is directed towards his father, Jerry (Chris Cooper), who left him and his sister Lorraine (Tammy Blanchard) while their mother was sick and dying. Jerry has tried to come back into Lloyd’s life after a long absence, and Lloyd wants nothing to do with him. Fred impresses on Lloyd that holding on to his anger not only damages his father but also is damaging to himself. Lloyd and Fred end up becoming the best of unlikely friends.
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.
Father/Son relationships; Family breakdowns; Death and dying; Forgiveness.
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, 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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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 further of concern.
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:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a wonderful movie initially set in Mr Rogers’ children’s TV set, which looks like the Australian version of Play School. It is positive, uplifting and heart-warming. Mr Rogers (so well played by Tom Hanks) was an inspirational man who exuded love, compassion and a belief in children just being themselves. While there is nothing particularly scary in this movie, it does cover some disturbing themes and complex psychological problems which young children are unlikely to understand. It is therefore more suitable for families with older children.
The main messages from this movie are that children should be accepted for who they are, not what they might become and that parents need to remember what it was like to be a child.
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:
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