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Not suitable under 14; parental guidance to 14 (themes, sexual references, drug references)
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|Children under 14||Not suitable due to themes, sexual references, coarse language and drug references.|
|Children aged 14||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references and drug references.|
|Children aged 15 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:||Life As We Know It|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sexual references and drug references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) are set up on a date by their respective best friends Alison (Christina Hendricks) and Peter (Hayes MacArthur) who are engaged at the time. The date is a disaster. Messer thinks Holly is an uptight control freak and Holly thinks Messer is rude, unpleasant and can only think of one thing - sex. Subsequently the two meet up from time to time at functions such as Alison and Peter’s wedding and the birth of their child, Sophie, where Holly and Messer are nominated as the godparents. Each time the two of them meet, they bicker and are openly critical of each other.
Life changes dramatically when Peter and Alison die in a car accident. Holly and Messer have been named as guardians and are expected to take over the care of Sophie, who is not even a year old. To do this they are expected to live in Alison and Peter’s house together. Both have careers that are important to them and their own relationships, but they have to work around all of this for the sake of Sophie.
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.
Death of parents; Being an orphan; Sexual relationships.
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 are several scenes where Holly and Messer argue. There is also a scene when Messer accidentally drops Sophie and a time when he pushes to the floor when she is standing.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group may be disturbed by the scene where Holly gets the phone call to say that her friends have been killed and she and an equally distraught Messer meet at the police station.
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 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 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.
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 coarse language in this movie, including:
Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy about how two people who are drawn together for the sake of a child finally realise how important they are to each other.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss what it actually takes to raise a child and the plans that they have made for their own children.
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