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Not suitable under 8, PG to 14 (Scary scenes; Disturbing themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to scary scenes|
|Children aged 8-14||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and disturbing themes|
|Children over the age of 14||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Creation|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Creation tells the story of a sickly Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) both as a loving father very closely involved in his family’s life, and as the talented naturalist who developed the world-changing theory of natural selection. It shows how his private life influenced and conflicted with his life’s work.
Charles Darwin and his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly) struggle to deal with the grief and guilt from the death of their second child Annie (Martha West). Annie was her father’s favourite and keenly interested in his work. Since her death Darwin has been haunted by his daughter’s memory and has imagined conversations with her.
Darwin’s grief and wavering religious faith play a crucial role in his problems with finishing his book ‘The Origin of Species’. He is prevented from writing by his concerns about contradicting his wife’s religious beliefs and about the controversial nature of his theory.
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 a child; Grief and loss; Children as victims; Cruelty to animals; Loss of religious faith
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes.
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 may also be disturbed by the scenes described above, particularly those involving children and family arguments.
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 be disturbed by theme of the death of a child and its effects on the family.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern
None of concern
Creation is an at times sombre and gloomy, yet moving, drama. Scary scenes make it unsuitable for children under eight, while the film’s themes and sometimes confusing flashbacks and scenes of conversations between Darwin and his dead daughter make it more suited to an adolescent and adult audience.
The main message from this movie is the importance of family.
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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