Australian Council on Children and the Media

Break the Silence: The Movie

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Parental guidance to 12 (mild themes and possible lack of interest)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Break the Silence: The Movie
  • a review of Break the Silence: The Movie completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 September 2020.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 13 Parental guidance recommended. Possible lack of interest due to content, themes and subtitles.
Children aged 13 and over Ok for this age group.

About the movie

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: Break the Silence: The Movie
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: General
Length 90 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

In this documentary-style film, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the young men who make up the hugely popular Korean boy band 'BTS'. Band members :RM; Jin; Suga; J-Hope; Jimin; V; and Jungkook all talk candidly about what it is like to tour the world and the impact that their journey has had on each of them as individuals. Audiences are shown parts of the Love Yourself World Tour that took the world by storm, and members of the group reflect on their devotion to their fans, their dedication to their craft and the toll this has taken on them personally. They discuss what they have lost and what they have gained and how, despite all the ups and downs, they have grown and evolved into a phenomenon that none of them expected and how they hope to use their talents to inspire others and bring comforting messages to the world.

Themesinfo

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.

The price of fame; Vanity; Loneliness; The wearing of masks and hiding who you truly are.

Use of violenceinfo

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 was no violence noted in this movie.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

There are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • It is unlikely that children of any age would be frightened by this film. However, there are many screaming fans, some of whom are in tears, (occasionally members of 'BTS' cry as well) and the emotionally charged intensity and loudness of some scenes may disturb younger viewers.

Aged five to eightinfo

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.

  • Nothing further of concern.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • All band members drink Heineken beer over dinner.
  • Readymade clothing was worn on occasion.
  • All band members wore their own 'BTS' merchandise at times, specifically shirts and sweatshirts. Their merchandise was also noted in a news segment leading up to their concert in LA.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • While doing a dance move on stage one of the boys slides his hand up his chest inside his shirt and, while doing so, lifts up the shirt exposing part of his bare chest.
  • For a split second, during a dance move, it appears that one member of the group puts his hand on his groin.

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • The boys can all be seen drinking cans of Heineken Beer in an opening scene. They talk about how drunk they may get and decide to turn off the camera before viewers see anything unfortunate.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

In a nutshell

Break the Silence: The Movie is a documentary-style film featuring interview clips, parts of concert performances and a candid behind-the-scenes look at what life is like for the performers of 'BTS'. The film is subtitled, as much of the conversation is in Korean, and is thus best suited to older audiences and fans of the famous K-Pop group.

The main messages from this movie are to love yourself, to find out what makes you happy and to follow your heart. The boys are living their dream and are hoping to inspire others to do so as well.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Teamwork
  • Persistence
  • Dedication
  • Helpfulness
  • Gratitude
  • Compassion and empathy for others.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • The downsides of fame: isolation, long hours, loss of friendships, having to hide your feelings and parts of yourself.
  • Drinking too much.
  • Constantly being focussed on your appearance and how others may see you.
  • The responsibility, pressure and loneliness that can come with being in the public eye.
  • The toll it can take when pretending to be something or someone that you are not.

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