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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15
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|Children under 13||Due to its theme, sexual references and coarse language this film is not recommended for children under the age of thirteen.|
|Children aged 13-15||Parental guidance is recommended for children aged thirteen to fifteen.|
|Children over the age of 15||Children over the age of fifteen could see this film with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Just Like Heaven|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild sexual references, Mild theme, Mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Elizabeth Masterson (Reece Witherspoon) is a workaholic who has completely dedicated her life to being a doctor and helping people. Spending long shifts in the hospital she leaves little time for anything else, until one day tragedy strikes. David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo), a former landscape designer, is still mourning the loss of his wife when he sub-lets a beautiful San Francisco apartment. In his drunken depression he slowly begins to trash the apartment, thereby summoning the spirit of Elizabeth, who lived there before him, refuses to believe that she is dead and so insists that he leave her apartment. David refuses to leave and instead makes various attempts to heave her spirit “exorcised”. When all efforts fail, a new possibility is presented to them. Working together they try to unravel the mystery of her identity and in the process slowly begin to fall in love.
When her identity is discovered a new problem arises, as her life-support is due to be switched off and the only tie keeping her from ‘crossing over’ is severed. In desperation David hatches a last-minute plan to buy some time to save her life. Unfortunately things begin to go awry and the outcome that was expected and hoped for was not to be, at least not initially. It takes a final selfless act to bring all the pieces together and in the process save not one life, but two.
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.
This film contains a fair amount of violence:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There are a number of scenes in this film that could potentially disturb younger children.
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 scared or 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.
Children over the age of eight are unlikely to be frightened by anything in this film.
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 over the age of thirteen are unlikely to be frightened by anything in this film.
The film contains several sexual references including:
There are some instances of partial nudity and implied sexual activity:
There is frequent use of alcohol in the movie, and references to it, including:
The film contains a moderate amount of coarse language, including:
The movie’s main message is that some things are simply meant to be. What may, at first, appear to be a series of random events may upon closer inspection be very much connected, if you only take the time to look and believe.
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