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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Themes, Sexual references, Violence)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and lack of interest|
|Children aged 5-12||Not recommended due to violence, sexual references and themes|
|Children aged 13-15||Parental guidance due to sexual reference and themes|
|Children over the age of 15||Should be ok to view this movie, although parental guidance may still be helpful for some individuals|
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:||Last Song, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Last Song tells the story of Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) a rebellious teenager adversely reacting to her parents’ divorce. The movie begins with Ronnie’s mother (Kelly Preston) sending Ronnie and her younger brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman) off to spend the summer break with their father Steve (Greg Kinnear), much to the obvious annoyance of Ronnie who blames her father for deserting her and her brother. Since her parents’ divorce Ronnie has made every attempt to hurt her father including giving up on her musical talent, a talent taught and nurtured by her father, and making life choices that are destined to keep her miserable.
Throughout the summer break, Ronnie manages to find herself a distraction from her family woes in Will (Liam Hemsworth), a good-looking local, who manages to break through Ronnie’s angry exterior and discover the passionate and carefree side of Ronnie that she had forgotten existed. Ronnie’s new found happiness falters however when she discovers that her father is extremely ill and that this summer is to be the last one that she is to share with him.
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 breakdown, serious illness and consequent death of father, rebellious acts including shoplifting and arson, relationship violence.
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.
Would lack interest for this age group.
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, there are some scenes in this movie that could disturb children aged five to twelve, 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the violent and disturbing scenes listed 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.
Many of the violent and disturbing scenes listed above, particularly the sexual violence, could concern some young teenagers.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some 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 mild coarse language in this movie, including:
The Last Song is a movie about young romance, with a strong message about the power of forgiveness and the family connection.
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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