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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Violence, Sexual references and intense, reckless car racing scenes).
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|Children under 13||Not suitable|
|Children 13-15||Parental Guidance recommended|
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:||Need for Speed|
|Consumer advice lines:||Contains sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film Need For Speed opens with a prologue/monologue given by DJ Monarch (Michael Keaton), who hosts a car racing internet-radio show and runs the annual infamous and highly illegal “De Leon “ street race. It appears that the film’s lead character Toby Marshal (Aaron Paul), a local of the town of Mt. Kisco, was a promising race car driver until he quit racing in preference of building high performance cars. In contrast, Toby’s old rival on the racetrack, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), made it to the big-time racing Indy cars and owning his own elite car dealership. Unfortunately Toby is facing hard times and is in fear of losing the garage he inherited from his father to the bank. When Dino turns up out of the blue and offers Toby a deal to finish building a Ford Mustang, partially built by the legendary Carroll Shelby before he died, Toby is unable to refuse his offer - 25% of what Dino sells the Mustang for.
Toby and his friends build the car and the car is bought by Julia (Imagen Poots) an English racing car enthusiast. With old rivalry still festering between Toby and Dino, Dino presents Toby with a challenge: a race where the winner walks away with 100% of the sale price of Shelby’s Mustang. Tragedy strikes however, when the race leads to a crash (caused by Dino) that takes the life of Toby’s young workmate Pete (Harrison Gilberson). Toby is falsely blamed for Pete’s death and sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Two year later Toby is released from prison and immediately seeks revenge by planning to race against Dino in DJ Monarch’s De Leon street race. Toby manages to borrow Shelby’s Mustang and with Julia as his co-driver, the pair makes a high-speed, two day jaunt across country to San Francisco while being chased by the police and villains.
Eventually Toby makes it to the start line and the race is on between him, Dino and four other competitors.
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.
Illegal street racing: competitive car racing; false imprisonment; justice, and revenge
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.
The film Need for Speed contains intense sequences of life endangering, reckless street racing resulting in destruction of property and the death of a character, some action violence and occasional low-level blood and gore. Examples include:During a night race cars race against each other through city streets causing havoc and mayhem. The speeding cars narrowly miss being hit by a train, hitting pedestrians and almost collide head-on with cars, a mobile home and a street sweeper truck.
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.
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The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual 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:
The film Need for Speed contains some medium level crude and coarse language. Examples include:
There is also a lot of name calling throughout the movie such as:
Need for Speed, based on the video game of the same name, is a fast action film that will have high appeal to both younger and older adolescent males. The film is made in a similar vein to action/car stunt films of the 1970’s with all of the stunts in the film done live rather than using CGI, giving the stunts and car crashes a greater impact, more realism and more appeal to the target audience. While the film’s lead actor Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) will attract lots of audience attention, parents will need to keep in mind the impact that the fast cars and stunts depicted in this film will have on teens.
The main messages from this movie are
• As the main themes in the film are based upon revenge and illegal street racing involving the destruction of property and injury without any real-life consequences, the film contains no worthwhile messages.
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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