Not recommended under 14 due to lack of interest for young children, sexual references, and disturbing scenes and themes
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|Children under 14||Not recommended due to lack of interest for young children, sexual references, and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Viewers 14 and over||OK for this group, but with issues parents may wish to discuss|
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:||Maudie|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins) suffers from crippling arthritis and due to a birth defect has always struggled to walk normally. She is often told by her aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) and brother Charles (Zachary Bennett) that she is incapable of looking after herself and society seems to consistently send the message that she will never amount to much. Maud, however, has a strong spirit, a determination to do what she loves and a deep desire to make her way in the world regardless of whether or not anyone else thinks she can. She believes in herself and in her own self-worth.
When Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), a rough, loner and a local fisherman puts up an advertisement at the local grocery store requiring a live in maid, Maud applies for the job. When no one else applies Everett gives her the job but treats her terribly. Maud becomes ostracized by her family as everyone says she is living there as his love slave.
Attempting to bring a little happiness to her new life Maud begins to paint again. She starts with the windows and walls of the house and quickly moves onto cards and pieces of scrap from the wood pile. A chance encounter with Sandra (Kari Matchett), a customer of Everett’s who is visiting from New York, helps Maud to begin selling her paintings and leads to her becoming something of a local celebrity. Newspapers feature articles about Maud and her art, she and Everett appear on TV, and the President of the United States purchases some of her work. Countless others come to their quiet corner of Nova Scotia to see this famous artist and buy her paintings.
As time goes by Everett’s feelings soften towards Maud, they marry and a deep love and affection begins to grow between them. Ultimately they both find happiness with each other though it is not as long lived as either would have liked.
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 themes of sexism and chauvinism run throughout the film. Maud, for the majority of her life is put down and made to feel inadequate and incapable, firstly because she walks with a limp and secondly because she is a woman. There are secondary themes running just below the surface of abandonment and separation. Everett who was raised at an orphanage has a fear of being left and pushes people away as a result. An illegitimate baby girl that Maud gave birth to years earlier was sold by her brother and aunt as soon as she was born while Maud was made to believe that the baby had died. This event haunts her.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of 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.
Nothing of concern
None of concern
There are a number of sexual references in the film, including:
There is no nudity in the film but Maud and Everett are seen in bed on a number of occasions and at one stage it appears that they are making love, although they also both appear to be fully clothed.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Maudie is a slow paced, possibly romantic, drama based on the real life story of Maud Lewis. It is not a feel-good movie: many scenes are both confronting and overwhelmingly sad at the same time. There is however a sense of hope that permeates the film as a whole and it is likely to appeal to more mature audiences who will appreciate the stellar performances given by both Hawkins and Hawke.
Because of lack of interest for young children, sexual references, and disturbing scenes and themes, the film is not recommended for children under 14 and it raises issues which parents of older teens may wish to discuss.
The main messages from this movie are to be true to yourself and that true happiness and beauty can be found anywhere.
Parents may wish to discuss why Maud stayed with a man who treated her so badly, and that although Everett eventually grew to love Maud, this is not always the case. Physical, psychological and verbal domestic violence are not acceptable and victims should be advised to seek help.
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