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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Sex. Themes.)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to sexual references and themes.|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended.|
|Children over the age of 13||Should be ok to see this movie with or without parental guidance, but discussion of themes could still be beneficial.|
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:||Aquamarine|
|Consumer advice lines:||Infrequent mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Hailey (Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque) and Claire (Emma Roberts) are thirteen years old, the best of friends, and are spending their last summer vacation together before Hailey relocates to Australia. They spend a lot of time at the beach, trying to get the attention of Raymond (Jake McDorman) a young blond lifeguard, but must compete with the older, more sophisticated and more developed bikini clad Cecilia (Arielle Kebbel) and her two sidekicks.
One night during a violent storm, Hailey, sad at her impending separation from Claire, calls upon ancient sea gods to keep her and Claire together. Suddenly giant waves are created by the storm and a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) is washed into Claire’s swimming pool. Hailey and Claire find her, and the three become good friends. The girls discover that Aquamarine is being forced into an arranged marriage which she can only avoid if she convinces her father that love isn’t a myth by making a boy fall in love with her.
The girls agree to help Aquamarine to win Raymond’s heart, and in return Aquamarine will offers them a wish each, which they intend to use to prevent them from being separated.
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.
Adolescent friendship, Spiteful teenage behaviour
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 physical violence in this movie including:
It is worth noting, that the lead female characters behave spitefully towards each other, and engage in frequent mean spirited teasing and emotional manipulation. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned scenes and verbal exchanges, 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the scenes mentioned 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.
It is unlikely that anything in this movie would scare or disturb children over the age of eight.
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.
It is unlikely that anything in this movie would scare or disturb children over the age of thirteen.
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:
None of concern
There is some coarse language, including:
There are also several instances of put-downs and name calling.
Aquamarine is a romantic comedy targeting young girls aged eight to thirteen years with little appeal to younger males. The film focuses on friendships, relationships with the opposite sex, and on teenage girls’ fixation with body image. The film’s main positive message is that love can exist in more than one form and can be found when unlooked for, and that friendship can conquer the greatest of odds. However, the film does contain some negative messages in terms of spiteful behaviour between teenage girls and emotional manipulation.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include selflessness, courage and honesty. Parents may wish to discuss the unrealistic nature of teen girl magazines and how Hailey and Claire’s worshipping of these magazines is unrealistic and possible harmful, with their emphasis on physical appearance and manipulative methods of meeting emotional needs. Parents may also wish to discuss the incident in which the girls catch a bus to a shopping mall without their parents’ permission, and point out the possible real life dangers and threats associated with this rebellious behaviour.
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