Not recommended under 13, PG to 15, adult themes, sexual references and substance use.
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to adult themes, sexual references and drinking and smoking by adolescents.|
|Children 13-14||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes, sexual references and drinking and smoking by adolescents.|
|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.
|Name of movie:||Hey hey, it's Esther Blueburger|
|Consumer advice lines:||Moderate coarse language, Sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Esther Blueburger (Danielle Catanzariti) is a non-conformist thirteen year old, in a very conservative private girl’s school. She spends most of her free time alone, watching the other girls. On her way home from school one day, she stops to watch a rock band practising in a club and she befriends the drummer, a girl called Sunni (Keisha Castle-Hughes) Sunni is cool and hip but she takes a liking to Esther as she sees something different about her. Together they hatch a plot to get Esther to attend Sunni’s public school without telling Esther’s parents.
Esther ‘joins’ Sunni’s group, the ‘Lion-pits’ but finds she has to go to extreme lengths to prove that she fits in. Esther takes warmly to Sunni’s Mum, Mary (Toni Collette), who is more of a friend to Sunni than a mother, and works at night as a pole dancer. Esther sees the relationship as quite different to her own relationship with her mother Grace (Essie Davis) who is a career woman with little time for Esther.
As a Jewish girl, Esther has a combined bar/bat-mitzvah with her twin brother Jacob (Christian Byers). None of her private school friends attend, but much to Grace’s displeasure, Sunni turns up uninvited. At the ceremony, Esther’s Dad gives a speech in which he says he hopes that the twins will always land on the right side. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for Esther, as she manages to complicate her life considerably. However she learns many important life lessons along the road to finding her identity and where she fits in.
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.
Coming of age; finding one’s 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 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 by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern
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:
Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger is a coming of age comedy aimed at adolescents. It was filmed in South Australia. The film is a bit drawn out and some of the more unpleasant parts could have been omitted without losing anything from the movie.
The main message from this movie is that you don’t need to conform to gain acceptance.
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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