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Lacks interest and not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Disturbing scenes, sexual references and coarse language)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to lack of interest and disturbing scenes|
|Children 8 -13||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children 14 and over||OK for this 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:||Julie and Julia|
|Consumer advice lines:||Infrequent coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Julie and Julia is based on two true stories, that of Julia Child, of recipe book and TV cooking fame and that of author Julie Powell who gains fame by recording her exploration of Julia’s recipes in a blog.
The film opens with Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) arriving in France and setting up house in 1949; Paul is an American diplomat who has been assigned to Paris for the next four years. The film then jumps to the year 2002 where Julie Powell (Amy Adams) and her husband Eric (Chris Messina) have just moved to a new apartment above a pizza shop in Queens. Julia works in a small office cubicle answering distraught calls from disgruntled insurance claimants. The film jumps back and forth between telling Julia Childs’s story, which unfolds over a ten year period during the late forties and fifties and Julia Powell’s story which spans a single year (2002).
After settling down in Paris, Julia Child becomes restless with her life and eventually decides to take on cooking, enrolling in the male dominated Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. During her studies, Julia meets two French women in the midst of writing an American/French cook book and, when the book is rejected by their publisher as being “not English enough”, Julia takes over the project and spends the next eight years of her life rewriting the book.
Like Julia Child, Julie Powell decides that she needs meaning and fulfilment in her life and, with the help of her husband Eric, starts a blog in which for a one year period she will record her journey cooking her way through Julia Child’s cook book, including all 524 recipes. The film follows Julie’s ups and downs over the one year period.
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.
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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.
While the film Julie and Julia contains no physical violence it does contain some scenes depicting individual emotional outbursts, a low-level domestic dispute, references made to death and the terrorist attack of 9/11, and one comedy scene depicting copious amounts of gushing blood. 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 eight, 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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, 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 may also 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 mare unlikely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes
The film Julie and Julia contains some product placement including
The film contains some sexual references and innuendoes. Examples include:
There is some infrequent partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some infrequent coarse language and name calling in this movie. Example include:
Julie and Julia is based upon two separate stories woven together into a single comedy, targeted mainly at adults, but also well suited to older adolescents or anyone who has a passion for food or cooking. The film is highly entertaining from start to finish with a number of truly funny moments with Meryl Streep’s performance being particularly outstanding.
The main messages contained within this film are:
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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