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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 15 (themes, language, sexual objectification of women)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to themes, language and the sexual objectification of women.|
|Children aged 12–15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, language and the sexual objectification of women.|
|Children over the age of 15||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:||Girls Can't Surf|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse Language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Girls Can’t Surf lifts the veil on a dark period of surfing history. It follows a band of female pioneers who chose to listen to the voice inside instead of the male dominated mantras echoing from every direction, telling them they would never measure up or be as good as the men who were riding the same waves that they were. The documentary gives viewers a personal glimpse into the lives of some of the best surfers to ever grace the sport, legends like Jodie Cooper, Pam Burridge, Pauline Menczer, Wendy Botha, Lisa Andersen and Layne Beachley, to name but a few. It takes audiences behind the scenes and allows them to see things through the eyes of these inspiring women who beat all the odds to come out on top. Audiences will learn about the personal challenges, disadvantages and struggles that these women faced and how they were dealt with and overcome. They will, hopefully, wince at the male mentality of the surfing culture during that time and will applaud the passion and resilience of these inspirational women that never made any money but who made an incredible difference and who changed the face of surfing not only in this country but all around the world.
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.
Sexism; Gender inequality; Body image; Male chauvinism. Along with some lesser themes dealt with by individuals such as domestic abuse and alcoholism; anorexia and chronic illness; as well as poverty, homosexuality, adoption and finding your identity.
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.
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:
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 is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Girls Can’t Surf is a documentary that shines a light on a dark time in women’s surfing. Archival footage and photos are interwoven with personal interviews from many of the professional surfers, and a powerful story of passion, resilience, determination and triumph is the ultimate result. The film is best suited to older audiences and will be heartily appreciated by females and surfing fans.
The main messages from this movie are that it is not what happens to you that makes you, it is how you respond that matters most and that if you give women an opportunity they will make the world a far better place.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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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