Not recommended under 13; parental guidance 13 to 15 (intense and disturbing scenes, and lack of interest for younger viewers)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to intense and disturbing scenes, and lack of interest|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to intense and disturbing scenes|
|Viewers 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:||First Man|
|Consumer advice lines:||Occasional coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
First Man is the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his rise from being a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was recruited by NASA in 1962 and moved to Houston, Texas with his wife Janet (Claire Foy) and son Mike (Connor Blodgett). Neil and Janet had recently lost their young daughter Karen (Lucy Stafford) to cancer, and Neil had great difficulty in coming to terms with her death. They soon have another son, Rick (Gavin Warren and Luke Winters).
Armstrong’s first spaceflight is as commander of Gemini 8, a 2-man ship, which he flew with David Scott (Christopher Abbott). Their mission was to dock with an unmanned vehicle which all went smoothly. On returning however, the spaceship developed a fault, which sent it out of control. Armstrong had to release the vehicle to save their own. Though some criticised his decision, it was his quick thinking that took him to be in command of Apollo 11 and the successful moon landing in 1969 with Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll).
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.
Space travel; death of a child; separation from family
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.
There are a lot of loud explosions and frightening scenes involving fire in this movie that would scare young children. Scenes include:
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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
Some children in this age group could be upset by the above mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
None of concern
Neil and Janet kiss on one occasion
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
First Man is a biographical drama about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, which displays the harsh realities of being an astronaut. The physical and emotional toll on the astronauts is quite clear. It appears to be quite realistic and most intense in several scenes. The film is therefore not recommended for children under 13, and is more suited to older teens and adults.
The main messages from this movie are that it takes great determination and resolve to make pioneering achievements and that many sacrifices are made to achieve greatness.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss with their children what it would mean to them if one of their parents had to abandon them for the ‘greater good’?
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