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Not recommended under 10; PG to 13 (Scary scenes, fantasy themes)
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|Children under 10||Not recommended|
|Children 10 - 13||Parental Guidance recommended|
|Children 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||A Wrinkle in Time|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and a sense of peril|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Thirteen-year old Meg Murray (Storm Reid) has found it increasingly difficult to adjust to life without her father. Dr Alex Murray (Chris Pine), a brilliant scientist, disappeared without a trace while working on a theory allowing people to 'tesseract' or travel simply by using a specific frequency and the power of their minds. Unable to bear the separation any longer, Meg, along with her genius little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and classmate Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller), sets out to find her dad. The children are aided by three supernatural beings: Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey); Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs Who (Mindy Kahling) who help protect the universe from the darkness fighting to take over. Their quest to find Dr Murray takes them to places they had never imagined, forces them to develop capacities and strengths they didn’t know they had and places them on a planet that possesses all the evil in the universe. Together they must face the darkness, the unknown and their worst fears. Ultimately they discover that the power to bring Dr Murray home has been within their grasp the whole time.
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.
Children separated from a parent; bullying.
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.
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.
A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy adventure film based on the classic children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
The main messages from this movie are to embrace your uniqueness, be brave enough to fight the darkness no matter what form it may take and recognise the power of love and the fact that it is always there for you even when you can’t see 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 the importance of:
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