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Not recommended under 15 (Disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
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:||Jane Eyre|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jane Eyre is the latest movie version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel. Set in the 19th Century, where class and gender dictates people’s future, the story tells us about the life of Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska), a young governess.
The movie begins in the middle of the novel where Jane arrives at the doorstep of clergyman St John Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his two sisters. Unconscious and soaked to the bone, Jane is taken in by the family and nursed back to health. Flashbacks to her horrific and loveless childhood and terrible time spent in an orphanage fill in the beginnings of Jane’s story.
The majority of the movie covers the time spent at Thornfield Hall, where Jane is governess to Adele, the daughter of Mr Rochester (Michael Fassbender) who is frequently absent. Despite a gruff beginning and Jane’s resistance, love blossoms between the two. Mr Rochester decides to choose love over societal expectations, asking to for Jane’s hand in marriage. Unfortunately, a dark secret intervenes.
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.
Death of parents; family breakdown; children as victims; mental illness
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.
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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by 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 may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern
None of concern
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Coarse language in this movie includes "bloody". There is also name calling throughout the movie including "rat" and "liar"
Jane Eyre is a movie of the classic English novel. It is a period drama, often sombre and dark. It clearly highlights the differences between the rich and poor, men and women (and children), master and servants in the 19th century. Despite these differences, it also shows that true love can prevail, despite all odds.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Determination and independence – Jane’s difficult beginnings inspire her to strive to work hard and support herself
Sticking with personal morals and values – When Mr Rochester proposes to Jane and she finds out that he is already married, even though it is so difficult for her, Jane follows her own morals and calls off their engagement
Learning from personal experience – Jane is not shown love or encouragement when she is a child but in her own work with children, she teaches with love and encouragement
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss class and gender inequality and how the situation today differs from that shown in the film.
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