Not recommended under 10, Parental guidance to 13 (adult themes).
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to adult themes.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Breakthrough|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on true events, Breakthrough follows an episode in the life of 14-year-old John Smith (Marcel Ruiz), the adopted son of a devout Christian couple Joyce and Brian Smith (Chrissy Metz and Josh Lucas) who falls through thin ice while playing with friends out on a lake. Despite the fact that he is under water for over 15 minutes and is unresponsive for 45 minutes before being pronounced dead at the hospital, John’s mother prays a heartfelt and emotional prayer over her son’s lifeless body begging God to breathe life back into her child. Almost as soon as these words are uttered John’s heart begins to beat again. It is weak and he is not expected to survive but time and again John defies the odds. With Pastor Jason (Topher Grace) there for emotional support and under the watchful care of Dr Garrett (Dennis Haysbert) the parents find the strength to endure criticism, the hopelessness of others and the heartbreak of what is happening to their child. Joyce believes that God will save her son. Despite all the evidence indicating that to be medically impossible she has absolute faith that he will be healed and as their community comes together to pray, countless hearts around the nation are touched and lives are forever changed by the miracle that only one woman saw coming.
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.
Christian faith; adoption, serious accident with the possibility of death, and fervent faith in God in the face of impossible odds.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Breakthrough is an emotional drama based on the miraculous, true, story of John Smith. All the actors give excellent performances and while the film contains numerous powerful and positive messages it is best suited to older children and mature audiences. Parents should be aware that this film contains strong Christian messages and themes.
The main messages from this movie are that we all have a purpose in life, the value of trusting in a higher power, to love unconditionally, and realise that “yesterday is not ours to recover but tomorrow is ours to win or loose.”
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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