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Not recommended under 8 (Lacks interest, scary scenes), PG to 13 (Disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended - lacks interest for this age group and contains scary scenes|
|Children 8-13||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 14 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:||Mao's Last Dancer|
|Consumer advice lines:||Infrequent mild violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Chosen from thousands of children across China, young Li Cunxin (Huang Wen Bin) is taken from his family in a rural mountain village and brought to Beijing to study ballet at Madame Mao’s Academy. Unprepared for the harshness and discipline of his new environment Li struggles to find his place and prove himself. With the help of a politically incorrect teacher who believes in him and in his ability to become something far greater than anything they could imagine Li (played in his teenage years by Chengwo Guo and as an adult by Chi Cao) begins to find an inner strength that helps him through the harsh environment he daily endures and that will assist him in facing future set backs and challenges.
When Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood) brings his lead dancers from the Houston Ballet for a cultural tour to China he is won over by Li’s passion and skill. He organizes a very rare, short term, cultural scholarship so that Li can study and dance with the Houston Ballet Company. At first Li is dazzled by the skyscrapers, electric appliances and freedom that Americans appear to take for granted but he soon begins to find his niche in the ballet company. He falls for an aspiring dancer Liz (Amanda Schull) and decides to fight for his new-found freedom.
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.
Children separated from parents, communism vs. capitalism, political freedom
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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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.
Children in this age group may 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.
Younger children in this age gorup may also 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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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:
Mao’s Last Dancer is an autobiographical drama based on the book of the same name that delivers heartfelt performances and beautiful dance scenes. It is likely appeal to older children and adults.
The main messages from this movie are to believe in yourself, find your inner strength and never lose sight of your dreams.
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
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