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Not recommended under 10, PG to 13 due to themes.
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to themes|
|Children aged 10-13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes|
|Children over the age of 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.
|Name of movie:||Bandslam|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Will Burton (Gaelan Connell) doesn’t fit in at school where he is bullied and taunted so when his mom Karen (Lisa Kudrow) tells him they are moving to New Jersey and a fresh start at a new school Will couldn’t be more ecstatic.
Will writes on a daily basis to his rock hero David Bowie, who never replies to his letters, but when it comes to understanding rock music Will is a genius. At his new school Will is befriended by ex-cheerleader Charlotte Banks (Alyson Michalka), who puts Will’s genius to good use. Charlotte used to be a member of the popular local rock band Glory Dogs, whose lead singer Ben Wheatly (Scott Porter) was Charlotte’s boyfriend, but she has now formed her own band. Charlotte is so impressed with Will that she make him the band’s manager, hoping that he can raise the band to new heights so that they can compete in the Tri –State Bandslam competition.
Will also makes friends with an unusual girl called Sa5m (Vanessa Hudgens) - the “5” in her name is silent – and, assisted by Charlotte, this friendship blossoms into a romance. Will throws himself into getting Charlotte’s band ready for competition but the road to Bandslam is not an easy one.
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.
Bullying, alcoholism, drink driving
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.
Bandslam contained occasional scenes depicting mild violence and bullying, and in several scenes we hear discussions concerning a death via drunk driving. 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 violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged under 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 above-mentioned scenes.
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 the story of Will’s father and its effect on Will’s life.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie: Apple I Pods, Apple laptop computers, Coca-Cola drink, beef jerky, pharmaceutical medications eg Tylenol, Fender guitars/basses/ amps, a range of digital cameras.
There are occasional low-level 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 occasional mild coarse language and putdowns in this movie. Examples include:
Bandslam, a Disney release, is a teenage high school romance that is likely to appeal particularly to teenage girls but also entertain their parents. The storyline, soundtrack and quality of the acting are good and the film’s lead characters are well developed.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include selflessness determination spontaneity and improvisation encouragement
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