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Not suitable under 14; parental guidance to 15 (violence, themes, language, scary scenes)
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|Children under 14
|Not suitable due to violence, themes, scary scenes and language.
|Children aged 14–15
|Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes, scary scenes and language.
|Children aged 16 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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|Mature themes and action violence
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Aside from a quick glimpse of what life was like for the young Natasha and Yelena in mid-1990’s Ohio, Black Widow picks up shortly after the film Captain America: Civil War left off. Natasha (Scarlett Johansen) is on the run from the US government and is hiding out in Norway when she encounters a robotic soldier intent on stealing an antidote for chemical subjugation. The villainous Dreykov (Ray Winstone) is using this tool to disable free will and keep an army of ‘black widows’ under his personal control. Under the impression that Dreykov had been killed, Natasha heads to Budapest where she encounters her estranged sister, Yelena (Florence Pugh), who was trained as an assassin and has just escaped from Dreykov's black widow army. Together the sisters decide to track down the infamous Red Room; stop Dreykov; and free the women held under his control. Seemingly, Dreykov doesn’t exist, nor does his Red Room, so the pair set off to find their ‘father’, Alexei (David Harbour), the only person they know who might be able to track Dreykov down. After freeing him in a daring prison break, they find themselves on their way to a pig farm where their ‘mother’, Melina (Rachel Weisz) (whom they believed to be dead), is running chemical tests and finding ways to control every action in an effort to further assist Dreykov with his evil plans. Battling the trauma of their younger years, the sisters try to come to terms with their past and with each other, wondering what was real and what was not, wondering if they can trust those they once called their parents, and wondering if they have the strength to do what must be done – to look within themselves, atone for past mistakes and, ultimately, save the world.
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.
Family breakdown; Forced separation of family members; Child trafficking; Training of child soldiers; Mind control of populations; Male oppression and the notion that women are ‘expendable’.
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 frequent 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.
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:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Black Widow is an action, adventure film and the latest in the Marvel franchise. Focussing on sisterly love and featuring numerous female roles it is expertly cast and contains numerous big budget scenes and special effects. However, when referring to females, Dreykov claims he can ‘start and end wars using the only natural resource the world has too much of’. Despite the strength displayed by the largely female cast this is a dangerous message to be imparting to young people. Due to content such as this, as well as the frequent violence and scary scenes, Black Widow is not a family film but one that will be best enjoyed by older teens and mature audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that families come in all forms; that some bonds are unbreakable; and that, no matter what happens, you should never let anyone destroy your heart.
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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