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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Adult themes. Lacks interest for younger viewers)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to lack of interest and adult themes.|
|Children 13-14||Parental guidance recommended due to lack of interest and adult themes.|
|Children 15 and over||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:||Nowhere Boy|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse language, mature themes and sex scene|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Nowhere Boy is the story of John Lennon’s early life and childhood. John (Aaron Johnson) was abandoned by his mother at the age of five and brought up by his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas). As a teenager, John has difficulties coping with this fact and often recalls troublesome events from his early childhood. This is exacerbated when he discovers his Mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) is living not far from him with a new family.
Julia Lennon is a musically creative woman who inspires John, but she is emotionally unstable and also has a detrimental effect on him. John’s inner turmoil and search for identity often land him in trouble and he is suspended from school for bringing pornography into the classroom. He finds pleasure in music and art and starts up a rock’n roll band at the age of 17 when he meets the gifted Paul McCartney (Thomas Sangster). John eventually learns the truth about his past and the tragedy of his Mother’s life.
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.
Dysfunctional families; Abandonment of a child
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 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
None of concern
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:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Nowhere Boy is a biographical drama of John Lennon’s early life. It is quite gritty and very well portrays the era he grew up in, a post-war Britain in the throes of great social change.
The main message from this movie is that people are able to succeed in life and overcome difficulties that have arisen from a traumatic childhood.
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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