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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 15 (themes, violence, language)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to themes, violence and language.|
|Children aged 12–15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, violence and language.|
|Children over the age of 15||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:||King Richard|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Richard Williams (Will Smith) had a plan, a 78-page plan that he outlined with his wife, Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis), before his two youngest daughters Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) were born. A plan that would educate the girls and allow them to rise above the crippling poverty that surrounded them; a plan that would gain them entrance into a predominately ‘white’ sport and would help the girls become two of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen, forging a path set to inspire many youngsters around the world, especially African American girls, who would likewise face hardship and discrimination along the path to greatness. However, raising five girls, including two tennis prodigies, in the ghetto of Compton, California, required more than just a plan. It required ingenuity – everything from fishing used balls out of garbage bins; to making promotional videos to try to get the girls a coach who would train them for free; to hijacking a tennis lesson in order to get them noticed. It required persistence in the face of countless refusals to help or listen or even to see the incredible talent the girls possessed. It required fortitude and humility as Richard and his family stayed the course, refusing to sign for money, refusing to be lured by fame, refusing to accept any offer that didn’t have his daughters’ best interests at heart. Ultimately, their patience and efforts paid off as they showed the world another way, perhaps a better way, to do things.
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; The perils of life in a ghetto; Police brutality; Tough love; Overcoming adversity.
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.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
King Richard is an inspiring drama, based on the real-life story of Richard Williams, father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. It is a story of hard work and determination; it is a story about overcoming obstacles; and it is a story of triumph in the face of not only adversity but of outright discrimination. While some of the content is not suitable for younger viewers it is an incredibly powerful story, especially for girls, that should be seen by teens of all ages if only to remind them of the power they possess to leave a positive mark on the world (in whatever arena they may choose) and in so doing, lead the way for others.
The main messages from this movie are that there is nothing more powerful in the world than an educated female who knows her mind and goes after what she wants; and also that it is important to dream big, work hard and to have a plan because, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.
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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