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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 15 (adult themes, violence)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to adult themes and violence.|
|Children aged 12–15||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes and violence.|
|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:||Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood|
|Consumer advice lines:||Blood and Gore|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Stanley (voice of Jack Black) narrates the story of his childhood, growing up in Houston, Texas. The story is set in 1969, the time of the first moon landing, when Houston was a brand new town; families were large because contraception wasn't widely used; kids played mostly outdoors and travelled sitting in the back of a Ute; Dad drove while drinking a can of beer; Mum continuously smoked; and breakfast cereals were covered in spoonfuls of sugar.
Stan (voice of Milo Coy) was the youngest of six kids who grew up in a town dominated by the Space Station which employed most of the adult population of Houston. Stan had a great imagination and exaggerated many a tale, including that his father (voice of Bill Wise) was an astronaut, when in fact he worked in shipping and delivery at NASA. Stan often found himself in trouble at school for lying or for being rude. So one day when two men from NASA come to recruit Stan to test their spaceship, which has inadvertently been made too small, Stan is happy to agree. The only problem is that it's top secret and Stan isn't able to tell anyone at all – his family will only know that he's at summer camp. In parallel with the first official trip to the moon, Stan has his own adventure, pre-dating the first steps on the moon.
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.
Coming-of-age; 1960s; Childhood nostalgia; Space exploration; Fantasy.
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 nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood is an animated movie depicting real life characters. The film is wonderfully evocative of life in the 60's and what it was like for a child growing up at the time. It is a social commentary on life in the 60's and as such is historically interesting. Children had to make their own fun in a time before the technological age, although life could also be quite brutal. The film is likely to appeal to old and not so old, however, it does raise issues that make it unsuitable for younger children, and it is therefore not recommended to children under 12, and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 12-15.
The main messages from this movie are that optimism can overcome doom and gloom; and that imagination is a force for good.
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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