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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance strongly recommended to 15 (disturbing scenes and themes, coarse language)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language|
|Children aged 13-15||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes, and coarse language|
|Children over the age of 15||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||A Ghost Story|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and occasional coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
“C” (Casey Affleck) and “M” (Rooney Mara) live in a small house in Texas. C is a musician/song writer while M seems to spend her time writing secret messages on pieces of paper which she hides in cracks in the walls of their house so as to leave a small piece of herself behind as a reminder that she had lived there. Meanwhile there are strange lights that dance on the walls and piano sounds in the middle of the night. They make a decision to move, but the next day C is killed in a car crash in front of their house.
When we next see M she is standing in a hospital next to C’s dead body, which is covered with a sheet. When M leaves the hospital, C’s ghost, in the form of the sheet-covered body suddenly rises up and follows her home where he stands in silence watching M dealing with her grief and loss.
Finally M moves on and moves out, while C takes longer to find peace.
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.
Ghosts and the supernatural; death and grief
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 the film, 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to 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 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 viewers in this group may also be disturbed by some of the scenes and themes in this movie.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The film contains some sexual activity and partial nudity. Examples include:
Social drinking by adults
The film contains minimal coarse language. Examples include:
A Ghost Story is targeted at adults and is not recommended for children or young teens. Although it is about death and a ghost, it is not a horror story but explores love, loss, grief, and mortality. The film’s disturbing scenes, its themes, and the level of concentration and alternate thinking required, make it unsuitable for under 13s and parental guidance is strongly recommended for the 13 to 15 age group.
Parents of older children may wish to discuss the perspective taken by the film and the way in which it leaves things unsaid, allowing viewers to find answers for themselves.
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