Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 13 (mature themes and distressing themes related to a shark-attack)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to distressing themes related to a shark-attack.|
|Children aged 8–13||Parental guidance recommended due to potentially distressing shark-related content.|
|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:||Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is a documentary by Aaron Lieber that follows the life of one-armed surfing legend Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm at age 13 during a shark-attack. Using old interviews, news, and home-footage, interspersed with talking head style interviews with current-day Hamilton, the documentary explores the impact the attack had on her life - not only physically as an athlete, but spiritually and emotionally as a teenager thrown into the media spotlight.
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.
Christian faith; recovery from injury.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is an inspirational documentary about surfer Bethany Hamilton and her journey from shark-attack victim to professional surfing legend. This documentary is beautifully shot and provides a glimpse into the adult life of Hamilton. While undeniably inspirational and an example of a strong female role model, this documentary may lack interest for some viewers due to a greater focus on surfing, rather than the story. Likely to appeal to surfing enthusiasts, this film is suitable for children over 13, with parental guidance recommended for ages 8 to 13 due to distressing themes related to the shark-attack.
The main messages from this movie are:
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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