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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 13 (adult themes, distressing scenes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 10
|Not suitable due to adult themes (death, grief, mental health, parental conflict) and distressing scenes.
|Children aged 10–13
|Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes (death, grief, mental health, parental conflict) and distressing scenes.
|Children over the age of 13
|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:
|H is for Happiness
|Consumer advice lines:
|Mild themes and coarse language
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Candice Phee (Daisy Axon) is a bright, articulate, order-loving 12-year-old, who’s love for reading the dictionary and asking too many questions in class has left her without any real friends. That is, until new student Douglas Benson (Wesley Patten) lets Candice in on his big secret – He’s from another dimension and is hatching a plan to return there by jumping out of the highest tree he can find. While the two friends work on Douglas’ interdimensional escape plan, Candice tries to stitch her family back together after the death of her infant sister left her mother (Emma Booth) depressed and bed-ridden, and a failed business relationship tore her father (Richard Roxburgh) and uncle (Joel Jackson) apart. Exploring themes of grief, family breakdown, first love, and being “normal”, H is for Happiness is a coming of age story that explores adult problems through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl, who just wants everyone to be happy.
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.
Family breakdown; Death of a child/sibling; Bullying; Mental health; Parental conflict.
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:
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.
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:
H is for Happiness is a bright and fantastical film based on the children’s novel, My Life as an Alphabet, that depicts the struggles of adults through the eyes of an odd but bright 12-year-old girl. While comedic moments exist throughout the film, the dramatic ones are far more prevalent, contrasted by sweet performances by the younger cast members, and the colourful set design. This film will likely best entertain children between 10 and 13, however, parental guidance is recommended due to the distressing themes in the film (death; family breakdown; depression).
The main message from this movie is to be kind and caring towards each other because you never know what others are dealing with.
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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