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Not recommended under 8, parental guidance to 13 (Themes of death, illness and injury)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended under 8 due to themes of death, illness and injury.|
|Children aged 8–13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes of death, illness and injury.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Little Women|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Little Women is a modern retelling of a timeless story. It follows the lives of the imaginative March sisters, Jo (Sarah Davenport), Meg (Melanie Stone), Beth (Allie Jennings) and Amy (Elise Jones), who are raised and encouraged by their home-schooling mother (Lea Thompson) while their father (Bart Johnson) fights overseas for their country. The girls are befriended by their rich neighbour’s grandson, Laurie (Lucas Gabreel) who, in time, becomes far more like family than a friend. As the sisters traverse the ups and downs of life Jo is determined to become a famous writer and leave her mark on the world. Despite her tremendous efforts to succeed no one is interested in publishing Jo’s novel until she meets Professor Freddy Bhaer (Ian Bohen) who believes in her writing and sees something special in her. With his encouragement Jo is finally able to find her voice and share her story with the world.
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.
Separation from a parent, terminal illness, growing up and fitting in.
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.
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.
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.
It is unlikely children over the age of thirteen will be frightened by this movie.
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 coarse language in this movie, including:
Little Women is a modern drama based on the timeless novel by Louisa May Alcott. A heart-warming story of sisterhood that is best suited to slightly older children and will largely appeal to female audiences.
The main messages from this movie are to be good and kind; to realise the power of friends, family and forgiveness; to never stop doing what you love; to build your castles in the air and to forge foundations under them.
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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