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Not suitable under 15; parental guidance to 15 (suicide theme)
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|Children under 15||Not suitable due to suicide theme.|
|Children aged 15||Parental guidance recommended due to suicide theme.|
|Children aged 16 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||A Man Called Otto|
|Consumer advice lines:||Suicide themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks) is a grumpy, rude, old man who has lost the desire to live. His wife, Sonya (Rachel Keller), the love of his life, had died six months previously and Otto has been forced into retirement giving him no reason to live. Subsequently, he attempts suicide on several occasions, and by different means, but each time he fails for one reason or another.
When a young family moves in across the road, Otto is unprepared for the persistent and chatty Marisol (Mariana Travino), who manages to wedge her way into his life. Together, with her husband, Tommy (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and their two delightful daughters, Luna (Christiana Montoya) and Abbie (Alessandra Perez), Marisol brings new purpose and joy to Otto’s life.
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.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
A Man Called Otto is a dark drama with some light relief moments, about a man who is ‘very bad at dying’, having unsuccessfully attempted suicide on many occasions. His life is given new meaning, however, when a young family moves in next to him and manages to change his life around. The movie is about love, life, loss and new hope. Its theme of suicide makes it unsuitable for children under 15 and parental guidance is recommended for 15-year-olds.
The main message from this movie is that even when everything looks desperate, there is hope and new meaning to life if we look for it.
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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