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Not suitable under 8, not recommended under 15 (Violence, Sexual activity, Themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, scary scenes and sexual activity.|
|Children 8-14||Not recommended due to violence, themes of war and death and sexual activity|
|Children 15 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:||Dear John|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence and sex scene|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Dear John is a romantic drama loosely based on the novel by Nicolas Sparks. It tells the love story of John, a young soldier (Channing Tatum), and Savannah, a conservative college student (Amanda Seyfried), who fall in love while on their two week spring break. The two decide to continue their romance throughout a 12 month separation as John finishes his duty tour and Savannah returns to school. They continue to get to know one another through intimate love letters that express their growing love for one another.
Complications arise when, the week before John is due to complete his duty, the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York occurs. John and his troop decide to reenlist for another two years, despite Savannah’s desperate pleas for this not to occur. The couple attempt to keep their romance alive through their ongoing love letters, but an unseen twist creates trouble for the seemingly perfect romance.
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.
War, death of father, terminal illness; autism
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 in this age group are likely to be disturbed by the images of war and injury described above and news footage of the attack on the twin towers.
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 images of war and injury described above and news footage of the attack on the twin towers.
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 the scenes described above and the themes of war and death.
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 themes of war and death
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
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 are some insults and coarse language in this movie, including:
Dear John is a love story with a dramatic twist.
The main message from this movie is that home is where the heart is.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include loyalty
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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