Not suitable under 13, not recommended under 15, due to disturbing themes and scenes, and coarse language.
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to disturbing scenes and themes and coarse language|
|Children 13 to 15||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes and coarse language|
|Viewers 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:||Jasper Jones|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film takes places during the summer of 1969 in the fictional Western Australian town of Corrigan. In the dead of night, 14 year-old Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller), an awkward book loving nerd, is woken by a knock on his bedroom window. Jasper Jones (Aaron L, McGrath), an older teenager considered by the locals to be “dangerous” asks Charlie for his trust and then tells Charlie to follow him into the night. Jasper leads Charlie deep into the bush where Jasper shows Charlies the dead body of a teenage girl, Laura Wishart, who is hanging by the neck from a tree.
The rope tied around Laura’s neck belongs to Jasper and, with Laura being a local white girl and Jasper indigenous, Jasper fears he will immediately be blamed for Laura’s death. Jasper begs Charlie to help him find Laura’s killer and prove his innocence. So Charlie and Jasper hide Laura’s body, and Charlie returns to his bedroom as though nothing has happened while Jasper lays low.
The next day Charlie unexpectedly runs into Laura’s younger sister Eliza (Angourie Rice) and they quickly become friends as a result of the turmoil created by Laura’s disappearance. Charlie and Jasper’s investigation leads them into unexpected situations. Charlie has to confront racists and finds out that his mother is having an affair, while Jasper discovers a grandfather he never knew he had.
Charlie, Jasper and Eliza’s friendship, trust and courage are tested to the full when the truth behind Laura’s death reveals dark, ugly and forbidden secrets resulting in unexpected outcomes.
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.
Racism; infidelity and marriage breakdown; suicide; incest and rape resulting in pregnancy
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 a number of references to violence and violent scenes, some of them emotionally intense. Examples include:
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.
Younger viewers in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
Nothing of concern
There are sexual references in this movie, including:
The film contains some sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains coarse language and name-calling scattered throughout. Examples include:
Jasper Jones (M) is most suitable for an older adolescent and adult audience. The film, based upon the novel of the same name by Craig Silvey, is a coming of age story featuring small town racism and victimisation, and a hunt for the truth.
The film’s young lead actors and publicity for the film may attract younger viewers, but parents should note that the film contains some very emotionally intense scenes and themes such as suicide and incest that younger teens may find disturbing and confusing. For this reason, the film is not suitable for children under 13, and not recommended for children under 15.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents of older teens may wish to discuss the effects of incest on all family members and the racist attitudes towards both Indigenous and Vietnamese people seen in the town of Corrigan.
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