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Not suitable under 9; parental guidance to 12 (scary scenes, sexual references, coarse language)
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|Children under 9||Not suitable due to scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language.|
|Children aged 9–12||Parental guidance due to sexual references and coarse language.|
|Children aged 13 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:||Material Girls|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild sexual references, Mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ava and Tanzie Marchetta (Haylie and Hilary Duff) are the faces and heiresses to the multi-million Marchetta cosmetics company and appear to lead superficial and materialistic lifestyles. Ava is about to announce her engagement to a rising soapie star, while Tanzie is secretly submitting applications to study biochemistry at university.
Unfortunately, the company their late father started appears to be struggling financially and they are advised by their guardian and company CEO, Tommy (Brent Spiner), to consider a huge takeover offer from rival company owner, Fabiella (Angelica Huston). Before they can accept, a scandal breaks out regarding the Marchetta products, causing stock prices to plummet. Within twenty-four hours, the girls accidentally burn their house down, have their car stolen, have their credit cards cancelled, and Ava’s engagement is at an end.
Ava and Tanzie cannot believe their father would knowingly sell harmful products and despite significant pressure to sell their now nearly worthless company, they set about trying to clear their father’s reputation.
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.
Materialistic lifestyles; Fame; Rivalry.
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.
There are some scenes in this movie that could disturb children under the age of five, including:
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Material Girls is a lightweight teen comedy and the target audience may enjoy the attractive main characters, their array of beautiful clothes, their glamorous lifestyles, and gentle romances. Older audiences may find the storyline and characters somewhat shallow and clichéd, and the comedic attempts weak.
The main messages from this movie are that money can’t buy you happiness; and the importance of family and true friends.
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 treating all people respectfully, and finding meaning in life apart from a materialistic lifestyle.
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