Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 15 (Adult themes and violence).
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, adult themes and language|
|Children aged 13–15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and adult themes|
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:||Blinded by the Light|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in the 1980’s, against a backdrop of racial tension, Blinded by the Light is based on Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll. From a young age, Javed Khan (Viveik Kalra), had dreamed of being a poet and a writer but his Dad, Malik (Kulvinder Ghir), has other ideas. As a Pakistani immigrant, Malik was a pragmatic man who wanted his son to study economics, but Javed enrolled in an English course without his father’s knowledge. There Javed meets his future girlfriend, Eliza (Nell Williams), also a bit of a rebel. He also befriends Roops (Aaron Phagura), who introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Javed is heavily influenced by Springsteen who motivates him to write inspiring poetry and prose. An article he writes is chosen as the winner in a national prestigious competition, which entitles Javed to study in the United States.
Throughout this, Javed is struggling to balance adapting to a British culture while clashing with his parents’ Pakistani beliefs and cultural system. At the same time, there is great unrest in the UK caused by the National Front who march in the streets and behave terribly towards the Pakistanis. Javed gets caught up in one of the marches and is beaten up. Malik comes to help Javed but also gets beaten up. Javed works through his problems by listening to his music and his writing.
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.
Racism; Cultural differences
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:
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:
Blinded by the Light is a feel-good movie about a young man overcoming cultural differences at home and at large while trying to break free from the parental restrictions that most teenagers face. Despite all his difficulties, Javed succeeds in his ambitions and overcomes all obstacles. Due to the violence in the movie, it isn’t suitable for under 13’s.
The main messages from this movie are to follow your dreams but also to remember those who have made sacrifices for you and to maintain important relationships in the process.
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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