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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 13 (violence, language, perilous scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence, language and perilous scenes.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, language and perilous scenes.|
|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:||Buckley's Chance|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Struggling to cope with the death of his heroic father, Ridley (Milan Burch) is expelled from numerous schools and his grieving mother, Gloria (Victoria Hill), is left with no choice but to leave New York and seek out the only family they have left, her husband’s estranged father, Spencer (Bill Nighy), who lives on a sheep station in a remote region in outback Australia. Despite the best efforts of Jules (Kelton Pell) his father’s childhood friend, Ridley hates his new life. He hates his grandfather’s indifference; he hates the isolation; and he hates the hard work. Ridley’s only bright spot is the camera his father got for him shortly before he died, and he does his best to capture interesting and unique things on film. After saving a solitary dingo, whom Ridley later names Buckley, from a barbed wire fence, the pair become inseparable. When two local guys, who want part of Spencer’s land, show up late one night, Ridley begins to film their attempt to burn the sheep shed down. Before they can really get started, they are interrupted, and Ridley is forced to hide in the back of their truck. Ridley continues to film them at their hideout the following day until the guys catch him and he is locked up. Ridley manages to escape into the outback and must, with the help of Buckley, not only try to find his way home, but also fight to survive against the elements of a hostile land.
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.
Death of and separation from a parent; Family breakdown; The struggle for survival in harsh and unfamiliar environments.
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 is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Buckley’s Chance is a family style drama with a fairly predictable storyline about a boy and his dog, or in this case, a dingo. This film will likely be enjoyed by preteens and foreign audiences keen for a small glimpse of Australia.
The main messages from this movie are that you can’t have strength without struggle; and that each of us has a place and if you persevere eventually you will find your way home.
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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