- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Top Tips
- Take Action
Not recommended under 8, PG to 13
This topic contains:
|Children under 8||Due to the themes and a number of scary scenes, this movie is not recommended for children under the age of eight.|
|Children aged 8-13||Some children between the ages of eight to thirteen could see this film with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Most children over the age of thirteen could view this film with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Millions|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature scenes, Low level coarse language, Mild sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Nine-year-old Anthony (Lewis McGibbon) and seven-year-old Damian (Alex Etel) have just moved house with their father (James Nesbitt) in an attempt to start again following the death of their mother. Practical, level-headed Anthony is determined to make the best of the situation and just get on with his life, while Damian, a dreamer, uses imagination, fantasy and escapism to deal with his difficult world.
Just days before the Euro is to take effect and the British Pound is to be rendered useless, a bag full of money falls from the sky and lands at Damian’s feet. Believing it is a sign or gift from God, Damian sets out to feed the hungry and help the poor. Anthony, on the other hand uses the money to try to buy everything from friends to property.
With time running out, lots of money left and a sinister looking robber right on their trail, the boys begin to realise that money isn’t everything and that sometimes it can be more trouble than it is worth.
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 are a number of violent scenes in the film.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
From the middle of the film till the end, Damian is relentlessly stalked by a train robber who wants his money. The following elements of this pursuit could scare younger viewers:
The other theme that could disturb some young children is the fact that the boys’ mother has just died:
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 concerned 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.
Many children between the ages eight to thirteen may also be concerned 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.
While some of the above mentioned scenes may temporarily worry older children, most will be old enough to realise that it is just a movie, will be able to take it in context and will be relieved by the outcome of the movie.
The bag containing the money has a large Nike symbol on its side. While Nike is never mentioned, the bag is seen frequently throughout the film.
There is one sexual reference. A boy from school is seen in the hallway offering a girl increasing amounts of money for some sort of ‘favour’. He tells her not to worry because he “has a good body” and then takes off his shirt.
There is one instance of sexual activity and a couple of instances of nudity:
There are a few instances of substances use in the movie, including:
The film contains a small amount of mild course language, including:
There are two main messages in the movie. Firstly, that sometimes money makes it harder to see what is really important and secondly that it is faith that makes you stronger. Parents may wish to discuss with older children that there are some things of value that money cannot buy.
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.
ABN: 16 005 214 531