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Parental guidance under 8 (Viol.)
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|Children under 7||While there is nothing in this movie that is scary or violent, it is not recommended for children under seven who would find it boring.|
|Children aged 8-13||Might be okay with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Should be okay with or without parental guidance.|
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 Mighty Wind|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Irving Steinbloom, a one time manager of sixties’ folk groups, has just died and his son Jonathan is determined to preserve his memory. He wants to put on a tribute concert to his Dad and so gets in touch with three of the groups he used to manage: the Folksmen; the Main Street Singers; and Mitch and Mickey who were all very popular in their day. The members are now of course aging, but are all quite happy to reunite to do this concert.
There are some problems however. The Folksmen can’t agree on what songs they should sing; Mitch has spent some years in a psychiatric hospital after having a nervous breakdown and is now a very intense, reclusive person; the Main Street Singers have changed their name to the New Main Street Singers and are involved in ‘WINK’ (witches of nature’s colours).
All of this causes Jonathan Steinbloom, a compulsively organised person, quite a few headaches and leads to some very funny moments. However the night finally arrives and the ‘Ode to Irving’ goes off with a few hitches.
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 only one instance of comic violence when Jonathan is being overly pedantic about the flower arrangement in the entrance to the Town Hall and the compere bops him on the head.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There is nothing scary in this movie apart from possibly Mitch who looks very weird and might scare very young children.
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.
Some children in the age group may also be scared by the above.
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.
Nothing of concern.
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 of concern.
None of concern.
There are quite a few sexual references in this movie including:
Mitch is staying in a seedy motel room and twice while he is practising his music, a couple in the next room are obviously having sex: the bed has very noisy springs; the wall shakes and the picture moves; the woman makes loud moaning noises.
There is some drinking of alcohol and Mitch appears to be on drugs most of the time.
There is not a lot of coarse language; however, there are a couple of profanities: ‘Jesus’ and ‘Oh my God’ a few times.
There is really no take-home message in this movie. Values parents may wish to discourage include having to do whatever it takes to get to the top.
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