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Not recommended under 12; parental guidance to 13 due to violence and scary scenes and themes.
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes and themes|
|Children aged 12-13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes and themes|
|Children aged 13 and over||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:||Crooked House|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, sexual references and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in the 1950’s, Crooked House is based on an Agatha Christie novel. Charles Hayward (Max Irons) is a former spy who is now trying to establish himself as a private detective. He gets an unexpected visit one day from Sophia de Haviland (Stefanie Martini), a woman he had a relationship with in Cairo. Sophia asks him to investigate the death of her wealthy and influential grandfather, Aristide Leonides, who was found dead in his bed, poisoned by an intravenous injection, which was meant to contain insulin.
Charles is introduced to the eccentric extended family including Sophia’s parents Magda (Gillian Anderson) and Philip (Julian Sands), her younger sister Josephine (Honor Kneafsey), brother Eustace (Preston Nyman), Aunt Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close), Aristide’s young wife Brenda (Christina Hendricks) and other family members. Charles has to work out who had the best motive and opportunity for killing the old man, while strongly suspecting his former lover.
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.
Murder; crime; love and hate
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.
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.
Children in this age group may also 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Nothing of concern
None of concern
Crooked House is a classic Agatha Christie detective mystery. It is set in the 1950’s and is quite slow moving with several twists and turns. The outcome is quite surprising and somewhat disturbing. It is therefore more suited to children over 13, and adults.
The main message from this movie is that people are not always as they appear to be.
Parents may also wish to discuss how we should deal with resentments and hatred before they result in ourselves or others taking extreme measures.
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