Not recommended under 12 (Themes; Sex scene): parental guidance strongly recommended 12 to 14 (Themes)
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to themes and a sex scene|
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:||Choice, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, sex scenes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Choice is a romantic drama following the story of Travis (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby (Teresa Palmer). Travis is a kind-hearted womaniser from North Carolina, who becomes immediately infatuated when an attractive medical student named Gabby moves into the house next door. Travis frequently throws loud and alcohol-driven parties despite his studious neighbour’s protests so the two initially clash and have many arguments.
Eventually, however, Gabby comes to realise that Travis is indeed a very decent man. He is a veterinarian with a love for animals and, having a dog of her own, Gabby finds herself drawn to him. When Gabby’s current boyfriend leaves town to travel to a medical conference, she and Travis become involved in an affair.
In time the couple marry, but tragedy strikes when a car crash puts Gabby in a coma and Travis has a heart-breaking decision to make.
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.
Love and relationships; injury and death – in particular, switching off a person’s life support; grief and loss
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 and accidental harm 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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged under eight, 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
Older children who understand the situation may be disturbed by Gabby's car accident and the decision as to whether to turn off her life support
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by Gabby's car accident and the decision as to whether to turn off her life support
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by the decision about whether to turn off Gabby's life-support.
None of concern
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:
The Choice is a touching film about love, grief and loss. The movie highlights the complex nature of relationships, and the manner in which relationships can change in unexpected ways. The nature of choice and consequence is also explored as the characters make life-altering decisions that affect not only themselves.
The film’s themes, particularly that of switching off a person’s life support, make it quite intense for a PG-rated film and more suited to older viewers. It is therefore not recommended for children under 12, with parental guidance strongly recommended for 12 to 14 year olds.
Parents may wish to discuss with their children:
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