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Not suitable under 15; parental guidance to 15 (horror themes, disturbing scenes and violence). Older viewers may also find the film disturbing.
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|Children under 15||Not suitable due to horror themes, disturbing scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 15||Parental guidance recommended due to horror themes, disturbing scenes and violence. Older viewers may also find the film disturbing.|
|Children aged 16 and over||Ok for this age group, however, viewers may also find the film disturbing.|
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.
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|Consumer advice lines:||Strong horror themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In 1988 in the town of Derry Maine, young Georgie Donbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) is outside playing in the rain sailing a paper boat given to him by his brother Bill (Jaden Lieberher) down street gutters flowing with rain water. When Georgie’s boat disappears down a sewer drain he encounters a clown, Pennywise( Bill Skarsgard) who offers the boat to Georgie, then transforms and bites off Georgie’s arm. As Georgie crawls away he is dragged back into the sewer by an invisible force disappears and is never seen again.
Several months later it is the school summer break. Bill and his band of “loser outcasts” are ready for a fun and adventure filled summer, but all does not go well. They are repeatedly victimised by bullies who torment and terrorise them, the children of Derry begin to go missing and they all begin to experience strange and terrifying events. After some investigation the team discover that the disappearances are the result of an evil entity who wakes up every twenty seven years, steals the children of Derry over a one year period and then goes back to sleep. They also discover that the lair of the evil creature is in the sewers beneath the streets. Bill and his band of outcasts vow to go into the sewers and kill the evil entity.
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.
Horror; The supernatural; An evil presence feeding on the fears of children.
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.
The film contains severe bullying, realistic and intense violence that is both graphic and gruesome including the multiple murders, mutilation and torture of young children and teens, parental sexual abuse, patricide, cannibalism, teens using and abusing handguns in a dangerous manner and parental child abuse involving a handgun. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
The entire film is based upon the concept of an evil entity feeding on the fear of young children. As a result the film depicts intensely horrific and terrifying images from start to finish, to the point of the images being at time needlessly over the top. Some example 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.
Children in this group would also be terrified by the film.
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 group would also be terrified by the film.
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 viewers in this group are also likely to be disturbed by the film, particularly younger teens.
The film contains a number of sexual references throughout, some crude. Examples include:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contain medium to strong coarse language, name calling and put downs throughout, most of which are used by teenagers. Examples include:
It is a horror movie based on a Stephen King book. In spite of the film featuring children and teenagers, and being widely publicised with images of a clown and red balloons, it is rightly rated MA15+, so is legally restricted. More information about this classification.
The film contains many violent and gruesome scenes that are likely to terrify children and even adult viewers. There are scenes of bullying, sexual abuse and children killing their parents.
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