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Not suitable under 15 due to themes, sexual references and scenes including pornography, and coarse language.
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|Children under 15||Not suitable due to themes, sexual references and scenes, including pornography, and coarse language|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this group but parents are advised to discuss the issues raised with their children|
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:||Men, women and children|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, sexual references, coarse language and nudity|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Men, women and children is a family drama that follows the lives of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to deal with the difficulties that life and relationships bring about. At the crux of each storyline is an exploration of the important impact that technology has had upon communication, feelings of self-worth and major life decisions. In the process, the film examines issues such as bullying, celebrity, internet pornography, addiction and eating disorders among the younger characters, as well as infidelity, the use of sex workers and marital disillusion in regard to the adults.
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 impact of technology on lives and relationships; pornography; parental responsibility, infidelity and divorce
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 the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group may be disturbed by some of the violence described above as well as a scene where a girl having a miscarriage is seen with blood running down her legs.
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 be disturbed by some of the violence described above and the scene where a girl having a miscarriage is seen with blood running down her legs.
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.
Children in this age group may be disturbed by the following 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 may also disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
There is some product placement within the film, including:
There are many sexual references in the film, including:
There is considerable sexual activity and nudity in the film, including:
The film contains some substance use, including:
The film contains frequent coarse language, including:
Men, women and children is a film that demonstrates the complexity of human relationships and interactions, and the flawed nature of humanity, irrespective of age. It highlights the fact that contemporary society is filled with individuals of different generations who are overly-reliant upon technology.
The film demonstrates how technology may be a medium used to form positive relationships but that it may also be used for bullying or to access highly inappropriate content such as graphic pornography. Each of the characters makes mistakes and the other people in their life are strongly affected by their decisions – however, they all have decent intentions at the core of their behaviours. The film’s themes, sexual references and scenes which include pornography, and coarse language make it unsuitable for children under 15, but it raises some useful issues that parents are advised to discuss with older teenagers.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Issues that parents may wish to discuss include:
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