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Not recommended under 8 (Lacks interest; Violence) PG 8-13 (Sexual references)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to lack of interest and some violence|
|Children 8 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references|
|Children 13 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:||Austenland|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild sexual references, coarse language and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Austenland is a British romantic comedy about single thirty-something Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), an American woman obsessed with Colin Firth's Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Her idealisation of Mr Darcy has crippled her love life greatly – no real man can compare with the standards she has set. After her short-term boyfriend breaks up with her for that reason, Jane spends all her savings on a trip to an English Regency-style resort called 'Austenland' which offers an immersive Jane Austen experience. Guests must go by aliases, dress in period costume and go without all modern conveniences. There are even male actors posing as gentlemen and romance is guaranteed for each of the guests during their stay.
Jane soon finds herself torn between two of the men at the resort; the stable boy Martin (Bret McKenzie), who she presumes isn't an actor, and one of the gentlemen Mr Henry Nobley (JJ Feild). As time goes on, she finds herself falling for Henry. However, she equally doubts his intentions, believing it is merely part of the package 'romance'. Jane eventually discovers that Martin was scripted to fall for her, whereas Henry – who has only just begun working at the mansion – has genuine feelings for her. Jane then needs to decide whether to take a chance by trusting her instincts and giving Henry - a man who appears to be her ultimate fantasy - a real chance.
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.
Relationships and love; social hierarchy; taking chances
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 limited violence and some accidental harm in the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Nothing of concern apart from the violence described above.
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.
Nothing of concern apart from the violence described above which may scare younger children in this age group.
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.
Nothing of concern.
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.
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern
There are some sexual references and innuendo in the film, including:
There is some sexual activity in the film, including:
None of concern
There is limited coarse language in the film, including:
Austenland is a heart-warming film about taking chances and letting go of preconceptions. Jane is initially bound by her infatuation with a television character and inability to see beyond what she believes she really wants. However, she soon discovers that if she wants to take control of her future and give herself a true chance at happiness, she needs to make herself vulnerable and open to new experiences. She wants something 'real', and progressively comes to realise that her fantasy can in fact be her current reality. The film is likely to lack interest for younger children and has some scenes that might scare children under 6.
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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