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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 6 (distressing themes (separation from beloved pet, characters seen in emotional distress, implied loss of parent))
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to distressing themes (separation from beloved pet, characters seen in emotional distress, implied loss of parent).|
|Children aged 5–6||Parental guidance recommended due to distressing themes (separation from beloved pet, characters seen in emotional distress, implied loss of parent). May also lack interest.|
|Children aged 7 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Lassie Come Home (2020)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bavaria, South Germany: After not being able to afford to live in their house anymore, 12 year-old Joe (Nico Marischka) and his parents must move into a rental apartment. Unfortunately, the landlady does not like dogs, so they temporarily place their collie, Lassie, with family friends, Mr Springer (Matthias Habich) and his granddaughter Priscilla (Bella Bading). Mr Springer and Priscilla take Lassie along on a trip to North Germany. Missing her family and unaware she is hundreds of kilometres away from home, Lassie escapes and starts making her way through the German countryside. Subsequently, a frantic search ensues.
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.
Family; Adventure; Animal hero; Friendship.
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 mild 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.
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.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Lassie Come Home is the latest adaptation of the adventures of the rough collie, 'Lassie', who first became famous and popular with the 1943 classic with the same title, starring a young Elizabeth Taylor. Generations of children have since followed Lassie's adventures in numerous movies and a successful TV series. This time, the story is set in modern-day Germany, but sticks with the main ingredients: a deep friendship between a child and a loyal dog, a painful separation, and desperate efforts from all parties to have Lassie come home. There is only mild level peril, scary or violent material, instead, some more interpersonal drama for the human protagonists. Children will enjoy the animal and funny scenes, and probably won't be too bothered by some (in fact, many) quite unrealistic chance events. Australian children might also enjoy getting an impression of the beautiful German scenery, and since the movie was dubbed from the original German into English language, foreign language and subtitles pose no barrier.
The main messages from this movie are that people – and animals – can achieve extraordinary things if they set their mind to it, and that family and friendship are the most important goods.
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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