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Not recommended under 12, PG to 15 due to themes and sexual references
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to themes and sexual references|
|Children 12-15||Parental guidance recommended due to the themes and sexual references.|
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:||Juno|
|Consumer advice lines:||Teenage pregnancy theme, Coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) is a fairly typical 16-year-old teenager with attitude and a quick tongue. She decides to experiment with sex with her friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) which results in an unwanted pregnancy. Juno decides to confront her father Mac (J.K. Simmons) and stepmother Bren (Allison Janney) who, although initially surprised, are very supportive of Juno. At first Juno thinks she’ll have an abortion, as she knows she is too young to be looking after a baby. However, after attending the clinic she changes her mind.
Juno then sets out to find the perfect couple to adopt her baby and thinks she has found them in Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), desperate for a baby, and Mark Loring (Jason Bateman). Juno is to learn that nothing is simple or straightforward in life and that bringing a new life into the world is far more complicated than she thought.
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.
Teenage pregnancy; abortion; contraception.
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.
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the scenes described above.
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 and scary visual images, 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.
Some children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is much discussion about sex and pregnancy, and many 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:
Juno is a comedy about a serious subject. It is directed to adolescents who might find it confronting while funny, with the realisation that many human emotions are involved in bringing a new life into the world.
The main message from this movie is that casual sex can result in an unwanted pregnancy which can affect many people’s lives.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include Juno’s courage in telling her parents about her pregnancy and in continuing with her studies while pregnant.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children issues concerning casual sex, contraception, pregnancy and abortion.
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