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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Violence; Disturbing scene and themes)
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|Children under 13
|Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes
|Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes
|Children 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
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|Supernatural themes and violence
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is a new girl at school who is immediately disliked by fellow classmates Emily (Zoey Deutch) and Savannah (Tiffany Boone). It is known that Lena is staying with her rich uncle Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), a man feared by the townspeople because they think he is a satanist. Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) however, is drawn to Lena and thinks she is the girl he often sees in his dreams.
Ethan pursues the reluctant Lena, following her to her home where he meets Uncle Macon for the first time. It is made clear that Ethan is not welcome in the house and that he must keep away from Lena. He eventually discovers that Lena is a “Caster” - a witch - and that she is approaching her 16th birthday which is a very important date for female Casters. On this day she will be claimed by good or evil. Lena is sure she will be claimed by evil as it is the family’s curse, but Ethan and Macon are determined she will be claimed by good.
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.
The supernatural; witchcraft
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 quite a bit of supernatural 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 eight, 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 are also likely to 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.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some 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:
Beautiful Creatures is a fantasy romance based on the teen fiction book of the same name. The frequent violence and some disturbing scenes and themes make it unsuitable for under 13s and more suited to an older teenage audience.
The main messages from this movie are to keep an open mind and to be tolerant of differences in others. It is also about making up your own mind and not being influenced by gossip and hearsay.
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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