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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 15 (adult themes, lack of interest for younger viewers)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to adult themes and lack of interest.|
|Children aged 13–15||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes and lack of interest for younger viewers.|
|Children aged 16 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:||Lifemark|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
David Colton (Raphael Ruggero) has just turned 18 and is enjoying celebrating the occasion with his adopted parents, Jimmy (Kirk Cameron) and Susan (Rebecca Rogers). David has always felt different to other kids and that a part of him was missing. However, when his birth mother, Melissa (Dawn Long), reaches out to him, he isn’t sure he wants to meet her. Susan suggests they take it a step at a time and they send Melissa a letter with some of David’s information.
Melissa then contacts David via social media and the two make a connection. Melissa is desperate to meet her son in person and eventually they agree to meet up. It is a very emotional time for Melissa, who was only 18 when she had David. Brian, (Lowrey Brown) the father, felt he was too young to become a father and encouraged Melissa to have an abortion at the time. Melissa was about to have the procedure when she changed her mind and chose to have him adopted instead. Susan and Jimmy are forever grateful for the decision she made.
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.
Anti-abortion/Pro-Life; Teenage pregnancy.
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.
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.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Lifemark is a faith-based movie presented by a pro-life group in the US. The film is very emotive and addresses a very divisive subject – promoting the belief that life is sacred and that there are loving families out there waiting to bring a child into their home for various reasons. Due to the subject matter of the film, it isn’t recommended for children under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 13-15.
The main messages from this movie are that adoption is preferable to abortion; and that families come in different forms.
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 the importance of being responsible in matters of sexual relationships. Parents could also talk about a woman’s rights to decide for herself about what is necessary for her. A third option that isn’t explored in the film, is the ability to decide to bring up a child alone. Parents could discuss the implications of all of these choices.
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