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Not recommended under 15 due to adult themes, sex scenes, coarse language and drug use
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to adult themes, such as substance abuse, mental illness, addiction and suicide. Also, frequent coarse language.|
|Viewers 15 and over||OK for this group, but contains issues that parents may wish to discuss with teens|
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 Star is Born|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, coarse language, drug use and sex scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the fourth incarnation of the original 1937 film of the same name, but with a more rock and roll theme. When guitar legend Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) stumbles into a back-alley bar one night after a gig, he is taken aback by the raw talent of the young performer on stage, Ally (Lady Gaga). After the show, he strikes up a conversation with her and they connect deeply over their mutual love of music. When he asks her whether she writes her own songs, she surprises him by spontaneously composing a song that moves and impresses him. At the end of the night he insists that she must come to his gig the next night, which she first refuses, but then at the last minute she decides to go. For Ally, this night is a turning point in her career and she is on a trajectory to stardom, transforming from a waitress who sings in drag bars to a fully-fledged pop star. As her star ascends, Jack’s is starting to fade, spiralling him downwards into addiction and mental illness.
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.
The rock music lifestyle; drug addiction; mental illness; suicide; love and relationships; music
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.
As above, children in this age group may not understand much of what happens in this film. However they may feel distressed by the scenes of heightened emotions described 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.
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.
Children in this age group are likely to find the above-mentioned scenes distressing and emotional, even more so than younger children as they will have a greater understanding of the significance of what is happening.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There are many instances of substance use in this movie, including:
There is constant coarse language in this movie, including:
A Star is Born is an incredibly moving and well-crafted tragic love story. It has a strong and powerful message about the destructive force of alcohol and drug use, and explores the dark side of a rock and roll lifestyle without any sense of glorification. The music and acting are memorable but parents are advised that there is frequent coarse language, and may wish to determine whether or not their child has the maturity to understand and process the darker themes in the film. It is not recommended for viewers under 15 and there is plenty for parents to discuss with older teens.
The main messages from this movie are that fame comes at a personal price and that addiction can be fatal.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss a number of issues with their children, including
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