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Not suitable under 14; parental guidance to 14 (Sexual references and coarse language)
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|Children under 14||Not suitable due to sexual references and coarse language.|
|Children aged 14||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references and coarse language.|
|Children aged 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a fashion photographer and notorious playboy, with a passion for women and distaste for commitment. His role model is his Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), now dead, but also a playboy in his time.
When Connor’s younger brother Paul (Breckin Meyer) decides to get married, Connor tries to talk him out of it and almost succeeds until the night before the wedding, when Connor is visited by Uncle Wayne’s ghost. Uncle Wayne urges Connor not to follow in his footsteps and end up as a lonely old man. To make his point, Uncle Wayne sends three ghosts to guide Connor through his past, present and future. This forces Connor to realise that love is far more important than what he had previously thought.
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.
Ghosts; Playboy lifestyle
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 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed about the idea of Connor seeing his own funeral and being buried.
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 may also be disturbed about the idea of Connor seeing his own funeral and being buried.
There are numerous sexual references in this movie, many of them crude, 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:
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is an entertaining romantic comedy, which borrows freely from Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. Although not recommended for younger adolescents, it has a good message for older adolescents and young adults.
The main message from this movie is that a lifestyle involving casual sex, without love and commitment, leads to loneliness and an empty life.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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