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Not suitable under 12, not recommended under 15, due to violence, sexual references and coarse language
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children 12 to 15||Not recommended due to violence, sexual references and coarse language|
|Viewers 15 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.
|Name of movie:||Ali's Wedding|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film’s opening scene depicts Ali (Osamah Sami), dressed for a wedding, driving a tractor across a field while being pursued by the police. The pursuit ends with Ali leaping from the tractor just before it crashes into a police car.
The film then portrays Ali’s childhood as a series of flashbacks in which we learn that Ali and his family were Iraqi refugees who escaped into Iran where they suffered abuse and tragedy until they migrated to Australia. The film then skips to the present day, but sometime before the film’s opening scene.
Ali, the oldest son of Mahdi (Don Hany), a Muslim cleric, has had a lifelong dream, or at least his family has, of Ali becoming a doctor. When Ali fails to do well enough, he lies and tells them that he has been accepted into medical school.
Ali’s life becomes even more complicated, requiring even more lies when he falls in love with Dianne (Helena Sawires). Dianne is an Australian-born Muslim of Lebanese decent, who is seen by Ali’s mother Zahra (Frances Duca) as totally unsuitable. Ali’s family organises an arranged marriage, resulting in Ali becoming engaged to Yomna (Maha Wilson). But Ali loves Dianne and temporarily marries her without telling her that he is engaged to Yomna.
Eventually Ali’s lies catch up with him and his life falls apart, but Ali refuses to give up.
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.
Families; relationships; cultural norms; refugees
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, some played for comedy and some more scary, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group are likely to be distressed by the above-mentioned scenes and also by some scenes of accidental harm such as the tractor crashing into the police car and Ali flying through the air.
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 some of the violent scenes 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 in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the violent scenes described above
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 children in this group may be upset by the death of the boy who steps on a landmine.
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The film contains overt and covert sexual references and innuendo scattered throughout. Examples include:
The film contains coarse language and name-calling scattered throughout the film. Examples include:
Ali’s Wedding is a feel-good Australian comedy romance targeting older adolescents and adults. The film has a genuine warmth and cultural authenticity about it and is likely to be enjoyed by the target audience. The film raises some interesting and current issues to discuss with older teens, but is not recommended for under 15s due to some violent scenes, sexual references and coarse language.
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Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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