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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 13 (subtitled, strong emotional themes, some coarse language, mild substance use, mature themes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to mature themes (e.g marital tension, death and illness), subtitles (ok for confident readers) and possible lack of interest.|
|Children aged 12–13||Parental guidance recommended due to strong emotional scenes and mature themes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Minari|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in the 1980s, Minari is the story of a young South Korean immigrant family (the Yi family) who have relocated from California, where they belonged to a large Korean community, to the rural backwaters of Arkansas. The ambitious father, Jacob (Steven Yeun), has plans to create a market garden, growing Korean vegetables to sell to the Korean communities. His wife, Monica (Han Ye-ri), is sceptical of his dreams and horrified to find herself living in a trailer home in the middle of nowhere. They have two children, David (Alan Kim) and Anne (Noel Kate Cho). David has a heart condition which means that he needs to be careful not to overexert himself. Monica is concerned that something might happen to David if he is left all alone whilst she and their father are working all day and arranges for her mother to come out from Korea to live with them and care for the boy. Although David is at first not impressed with his Grandmother (according to him she just does not behave like a normal grandmother – she doesn’t bake cookies, she swears too much and she wears men’s underwear), they slowly develop a beautiful and respectful relationship. When things take a quick turn for the worst, the family must struggle to overcome the tension between them and find the reasons that hold them together.
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.
Immigration; Family; Parents separating; Grandparents; South Korean Culture; Nature; Tragedy; Illness and Mortality; The American dream; Christianity; Faith; Religion.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There are some racist comments, coarse language and mild toilet humour in this movie, including:
Minari is a beautiful family drama that is tender, gentle and very moving. It gives us a strong narrative of how families can stick together through adversity. Although Minari portrays a Korean family in America, the story will be universally recognisable to immigrant communities in any country and from any culture; speaking of our human desire to belong and to prosper, but with longing for the familiarity and ease of a mother culture. Minari is mostly in Korean with English subtitles so it will be hard for younger children to follow along unless they are quite proficient readers (approximately grade 4 or 5). In addition, the themes explored are more suited to adult or older teen audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that families can stick together in times of adversity and they will pull through to the other side; and that sometimes we must work hand in hand with nature rather than trying to bend it to our will.
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 attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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