Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Themes, sexual references)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to themes and lack of interest|
|Children 8 -13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and sexual references.|
|Children 13 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:||Lars and the Real Girl|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild coarse language, violence and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lars (Ryan Gosling) is quiet, caring, but extremely socially anxious young man, living in the garage of the family home in small town America. His older brother, Gus (Paul Schneider) and Gus’ pregnant wife, Karin (Emily Mortimer) have lived in the family home since Lars and Gus’ father died, and they continually attempt, but fail, to take Lars out of his limited and seemingly lonely existence.
To their surprise and delight, Lars announces that he has a new girlfriend called Bianca, a half Danish, half Brazilian former missionary. Their delight quickly turns to dismay and horror when they discover that Bianca is in fact a purchased sex doll. Lars cannot see Bianca as anything but real, and in their desperation to understand what has triggered Lars’ ‘breakdown’, Gus and Karin visit local doctor, Dr Dagmar Berman (Patricia Clarkson). Dr Berman explains that Lars is suffering from a delusion and advises them, that rather than confronting Lars, the family should support him with his delusional beliefs.
While Dr. Berman engages in weekly therapy sessions ‘for Bianca’ with Lars, his brother and sister-in-law set about enlisting the help of Lars’ church group and work friends in understanding his relationship with Bianca. To their surprise, the townsfolk readily accept the challenge and draw Lars and Bianca increasingly into their community. As the issues that triggered Lars’ breakdown are slowly uncovered, Lars himself recognises his desire for, and pleasure in, human contact and relationships.
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.
Coping with mental illness; the consequences of loss; abandonment and isolation.
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.
None of concern
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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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 are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Some children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the scenes described above.
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 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Lars and the Real Girl is a comedy drama telling the sweet but strange tale of a shy, introverted and troubled man, who after falling in love with a lifesize doll, finds himself and rediscovers the love of his family and community. Children may find this storyline challenging and the quiet tone, pace and humour of the movie dull. Older adolescents and adults may appreciate the quirky tone, the frequent humour of the unusual subject matter, and the often moving manner in which relationships develop and sorrows are uncovered.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include the importance of:
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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