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Not suitable under 15; parental guidance to 16 (sexual references, language, crude humour, themes)
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|Children under 15||Not suitable due to sexual references, language, crude humour and themes.|
|Children aged 15-16||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references, language, crude humour and themes.|
|Children over the age of 16||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:||Champions|
|Consumer advice lines:||Crude humour and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
When disgraced assistant coach Marcus (Woody Harrelson) is fired from his professional basketball coaching job at the university, he doesn’t think things can get much worse. While drowning his sorrows at a pub, Marcus watches replays of himself shoving the head coach to the ground. On his way home, Marcus hits a police car and is arrested for DUI. As a penalty, he is ordered to do community service and finds himself coaching a team called The Friends, whose members consist of adults with both intellectual and developmental disabilities. Marcus becomes especially close to Johnny (Kevin Iannucci), a team member with Down syndrome, who shares everything there is to know about all the other players, and Marcus soon finds himself in a relationship with Johnny’s older, over-protective, sister Alex (Kaitlin Olson). With Alex’s help, Marcus learns how to relate to the team on a whole other level and soon they are on a winning streak that sees The Friends in the running to play in the championship game in Winnipeg. Darius (Joshua Felder), the team member with the most outstanding basketball skills, refuses to play for him until Marcus learns about how Darius came to have his brain injury and, for the first time, truly takes responsibility for the impact that his actions have on others. At the last minute Darius agrees to play but will that be enough to secure a victory for The Friends and will winning even matter?
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.
Drink driving; The challenges of living with disability; The exploitation of disabled employees; Relationship dysfunction.
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.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some 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:
Champions is a sports comedy that is well cast. While it has a predictable plot, the authentic characters lend a lot of heart to the film. This is not a family film but one that will best be enjoyed by older teens and mature audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that we should not be afraid to fail and that we should not be afraid to lose but we should only be afraid of never having tried in the first place; and that true champions are those who face their fears, who face ignorance and judgement and who are able to rise above it.
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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