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Not suitable under 15; parental guidance to 15; may also be disturbing to 17 (very strong violence; horror and scary scenes; coarse language).
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|Children under 15||Not suitable due to very strong and gory violence, horror and scary scenes and coarse language.|
|Children aged 15||Parental guidance recommended due to very strong and gory violence, horror and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 16 and over||Ok for this age group, however, the film may be disturbing to 17 due to very strong and gory violence, horror and scary scenes.|
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:||It Chapter Two|
|Consumer advice lines:||Strong horror themes, bloody violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
It Chapter Two begins with a flashback to 1989 when the seven members of the ‘Losers Club’ were terrorised by Pennywise the Clown, whom they called “It”. At the time, they made a pact in blood that if ‘It’ were to return, they would reunite to fight it off again. Now, 27 years later, there is evidence that Pennywise is again attacking and killing children. Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) calls the group to return home to Derry, Maine, to once again defeat this evil.
Five of the original ‘Losers Club’ reluctantly join Mike and return to what they hoped had long been buried, while one of them, Stan (Andy Bean) doesn’t reply. Each of them has to confront not only the terror of the past but also their own personal traumas: Bill (James McAvoy), now a published writer, is still plagued with guilt over the death of his brother Georgie; Bev (Jessica Chastain), who is married to a controlling, abusive man, recalls the abuse of her father; Ben (Jay Ryan), now a slimmed down version of his former self, recalls the bullying he received as a ‘fat boy’; Eddie (James Ransone) has to overcome his paralysing fears and Richie (Bill Hader) comes to terms with the fact that he’s gay. Mike also recalls the death of his parents in a house fire. Meanwhile, a former bully, Henry Bowers (Teach Grant) is now incarcerated in a mental asylum.
As the attacks by Pennywise increase, the team learn that together they are stronger. They must all bring memories from their childhood and gather in the well beneath the old house. There they perform an American Indian ritual to rid them and Derry of Pennywise for ever.
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.
Supernatural; Fantasy; Shapeshifting; Horror; Bullying.
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 a lot of fantasy violence in this movie, but also some that is very realistic, 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.
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:
There is also name calling such as:
It Chapter Two is a supernatural horror movie with an overabundance of blood and gore and frequent coarse language. Most of the violence is fantasy but some of it isn’t and is quite intense. Fortunately, some light moments inject a bit of humour into the movie. Due to the graphic content, It Chapter Two is not suitable for under 15’s and some 15 – 17 year olds are likely to find it disturbing.
The main messages from this movie are to confront and overcome your fears and that we’re stronger together than on our own.
This movie could give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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