Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Violence ; Disturbing scenes and themes; coarse language)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and themes and coarse language.|
|Children 13-15||parental guidance recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and themes and coarse language|
|Children 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.
|Name of movie:||Lincoln|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lincoln, set in the year 1865, portrays the fight by President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) to achieve the passing of the13th Amendment at the end of the American Civil War. This Amendment was to forever ban slavery in the United States. For Lincoln passing the 13th Amendment through parliament was both a race against time and a moral dilemma. Ending the civil war would save countless lives, but if the war ended before the amendment was passed through parliament, Southern slaves who had been freed as a measure of war would again fall into slavery.
To acquire the needed votes, Lincoln gets the Secretary of State William Steward (David Strathairn) to hire lobbyists W. N. Bilbo (James Spader), Robert Latham ((John Hawkes) and Richard Schell (Tim Blake Nelson), promising them government jobs in return for the needed votes. Lincoln also needs the support of the leader of the abolitionists Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), who while staunchly supporting the 13th Amendment, opposes Lincoln in a number of other areas and appears hell-bent on bringing Lincoln down.
Interwoven into the film’s main story is the emotional turmoil of Lincoln’s family life. His wife, Mary (Sally Field) is unable to come to terms with the sudden death of a son years earlier and displays signs of psychological instability. Meanwhile Lincoln’s son Robert (Joseph Gordon Levitt), who has recently returned from studying law at Harvard, is determined to enlist in the army - an act that threatens to push Mary over the edge.
The final leg of the film is a portrayal of the actual vote for the amendment. This is an intense touch-and-go situation involving some last minute personal lobbying by Lincoln as well as a degree of political slight of hand.
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.
Politics; American Civil War; slavery; mental illness; assassination
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.
The film contains intense re-enactments of American civil-war battle violence and carnage. Examples include:
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 eight, 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 will also 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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:
The film Lincoln contains coarse language and name calling scattered throughout. Examples include:
Lincoln is a political drama, focussing more on the political intrigue surrounding the passing of the 13th amendment than on Lincoln’s personal life. The film is targeted at older adolescents and adults. Younger teens may find that the film too long and slow-moving to maintain their interest and there are some violent and disturbing scenes and themes which make it unsuitable for younger viewers. The film contains stunning performances by all of the film’s lead actors.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss peoples’ attitudes towards racism and bigotry. Are racism and bigotry just as prevalent today, simply involving different groups of people? What are some of the issues that cause people to develop racist and bigotted attitudes?
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