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Not recommended under 13, parental guidance recommended 13 to 15, due to adult themes, sexual references, substance use and strong coarse language.
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to adult themes, drug and alcohol abuse, strong sexual references, and strong language|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes, drug and alcohol abuse, strong sexual references, and strong language|
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:||Bohemian Rhapsody|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bohemian Rhapsody explores the journey of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and the band Queen, from humble beginnings playing gigs at college bars, to becoming one of the biggest bands of all time. The film begins when ‘eccentric’ Indian British Parsi student, Farrokh Bulsara, meets part-time musicians Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello), in 1970s England.
As the band grows in success, Farrokh, now Freddie, begins a relationship with long-time friend Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), despite battling with his own sexuality. The success of Queen throws Freddie headfirst into a world of sex, drugs, and parties, which leads to a growing detachment from his band mates, friends, and family, and contributes to a developing substance abuse problem. Freddie is pushed further away from Queen when he attempts to pursue a solo career and his life begins to spiral downward until he is diagnosed with AIDS.
After an intervention from Mary, Freddie reconciles with his band mates, family, and friends, before playing one of the greatest performances of Queen’s career, the iconic Live Aid concert in 1985.
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.
Sexuality; family; drug and alcohol abuse/dependency; AIDS; death
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.
Freddie’s father makes clear his disappointment in, and disdain for, his son’s choices
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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 that is likely to disturb this age group, although there are issues that parents may wish to discuss with children
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some partial 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:
Bohemian Rhapsody is a semi-fictionalised biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen, directed by Bryan Singer. It is an exciting and foot-stomping film that is likely to entertain teenagers and adults, but is not recommended for children under 13. There are strong adult themes exploring substance abuse, sex, sexuality, and AIDS, which are unlikely to be properly understood by younger children. Parents may wish to discuss these issues with the 13 to 15 age group.
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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