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Not recommended under 8; parental guidance to 9 (themes, lack of interest for younger viewers)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to themes and lack of interest for younger viewers.|
|Children aged 8–9||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and lack of interest for younger viewers.|
|Children over the age of 9||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:||Blueback|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Abby Jackson (Mia Wasikowska), a marine biologist, receives a call telling her that her mother has had a stroke and she needs to go home. Abby returns to Longboat Bay, which brings back memories of growing up there with her mum, Dora (Radha Mitchell). As a young child, Abby (Ariel Donoghue) was introduced to deep sea diving by Dora, a passionate activist and defender of the ocean and all its creatures. Abby befriends a blue groper, which she names ‘Blueback’, who is playful and friendly. Gropers live in the same area for 70 years, so each time Abby and Dora dive they meet their friend.
Later, as a 15-year-old, Abby (Ilsa Fogg) joins her mother in protesting against the development of Longboat Bay and the dredging of the waters to allow for larger boats to visit. Abby introduces her friend, Briggs (Pedrea Jackson), an indigenous Australian, to Blueback. Briggs is also passionate about saving the ocean creatures. When divers arrive with spear guns, Abby has to protect Blueback and is nearly shot herself in the process. Her heroic stand, however, ultimately saves the Bay.
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.
Conservation; Marine creatures; Activism.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Blueback is an adventure movie based on the popular book by Tim Winton. The cinematography and underwater cinematography are stunning along the Western Australian Coast. The movie’s message is about protecting our environment and coastal reefs and while there is little in the movie that is scary, there are a couple of violent scenes and a couple of characters die in the course of the film. It is therefore not recommended for children under 8 and it is better suited for families with older children.
The main messages from this movie are that we are custodians of our land and environment and, as such, we must look after it; and to stand up for what you believe in.
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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