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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 15 (domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction, coarse language)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to scenes of domestic violence, themes of substance addiction and substance abuse, and some coarse language.|
|Children aged 13–15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and mature themes.|
|Children over the age of 15||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:||Music|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Zu (Kate Hudson) is a recovering alcoholic and addict, struggling to stay sober and to keep to her parole conditions, when she is suddenly thrust into the role of carer for her half-sister Music (Maddie Ziegler) after their grandmother suddenly dies. Music is an autistic teenager; she is non-verbal and relies on a constant and predictable daily routine to feel safe and happy. She has a keen interest in dogs and has the ability to see life as a Technicolour musical experience. Around her, Music has developed a caring and compassionate community who love her and keep an eye out for her in the local neighbourhood. All of a sudden, Music must come to terms with losing her beloved Grandmother, as well as having the chaotic and disruptive presence of her older sister. It is not an easy time for either of them. As Zu struggles to understand how best to care for her sister’s needs, a kind neighbour, Ebo (Leslie Odom Jr.), steps up to befriend and help them. A strong friendship develops between Zu and Ebo. Zu must decide how she wants to live her life and how Music is going to be part of her plans.
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.
Autism; Disability; Neurodivergence; Intergenerational trauma; Substance abuse and addiction; Selling drugs; Being a carer; Community spirit; Responsibility; Resilience; HIV.
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.
There are some romantic references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Music is a musical drama written and produced by pop music star, Sia. It is an emotional film that tenderly portrays the intimate and sometimes challenging relationship between people with a disability and the ones who care for them. Whilst Music’s disability is obvious, it becomes clear that her sister Zu is facing her own battles with mental health and substance abuse. Although it’s a bit of a tear-jerker, this movie is warm-hearted, sensitive and full of positive messages of hope and survival. The music and dance sequences are delightful. Parents should be aware that there are some strong adult themes in this film and therefore it is not suitable for children under the age of 13 and parental guidance is recommended to 15.
The main messages from this movie are that we cannot walk away from our family and our responsibilities; and that having people to love and care for (that love us too) can be our salvation.
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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