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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance 7-9 (Sad themes including serious illness and death)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to sad themes including serious illness and death. May lack interest for younger viewers.|
|Children aged 7–9||Parental Guidance recommended due to sad themes including serious illness and death.|
|Children aged 10 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:||Little Women (2020)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Little Women is based on the classic novel by Louisa M. Alcott which is set in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War. The story is written by character Jo March (Saoirse Ronan), the second daughter of the March family. Mr March (Bob Odenkirk) has gone to fight for the Union and has left his wife (Laura Dern) to fend for herself and steer their four highly spirited daughters through these difficult times.
Jo has always enjoyed writing stories and plays, which she and her sisters love to perform. Meg (Emma Watson), the oldest, enjoys acting but is more serious than Jo, who is very headstrong and determined to make a life on her own. Their elderly Aunt March (Meryl Streep) tells Jo that she must marry but Jo has no desire to. She befriends Laurie (Timothee Chalamet), the grandson of their neighbour, Mr Laurence (Chris Cooper). Laurie falls in love with Jo but she is more interested in writing.
Jo’s younger sister Amy (Florence Pugh) is more pragmatic and knows that she must marry well. Amy accompanies Aunt March to Europe (much to Jo’s chagrin, as she had been promised this trip), where she finds Laurie in a sad state having been rejected by Jo. The two get together and Amy reveals she has always loved Laurie. Meanwhile the youngest sister Beth (Eliza Scanlen) falls very ill. Jo returns home, having been living and tutoring in New York, to comfort her sister. While in New York, Jo met Friedrich (Louis Garrel), a German professor who is highly critical of her writing. Naturally, Jo is very upset by this and when she leaves to go home Friedrich believes it’s because of him. He follows Jo to Concord in the hope of mending the relationship her.
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.
The American Civil War; Sisterhood and rivalry; Family struggles, Serious illness and Death.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
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 remake of the classic film based on Louisa M. Alcott’s famous book. The cinematography is visually beautiful and with a stellar cast, the acting is very well done. It is true to the original story, however, it is told in a circular style beginning at the end and with flash backs and memories to fill in the gaps. Younger children may find this confusing. While there is nothing particularly scary, Little Women is a sad story at times and therefore is not suitable for children under 7 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 7-9.
The main messages from this movie are to rise above adversity, to live your own life and the contributions that women make to life.
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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