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Not recommended under 10, PG to 15 (Viol. Scary scenes. Theme)
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|Children under 10
|Not recommended due to violence, scary scenes and theme
|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.
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|Consumer advice lines:
|Infrequent violence, Mature themes
This review of the movie contains the following information:
When Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is eleven years old, he runs away from the orphanage where he has been so badly treated and treks 70 miles to London. Exhausted and with bleeding feet, Oliver is befriended by the Artful Dodger (Harry Eden) who introduces him to cunning Fagin (Ben Kingsley). Oliver is quickly immersed in the seedy world of 19th century London and is taught how to pick pockets and survive on the streets.
Fortunately for Oliver his path crosses that of the kindly Mr. Brownlow (Edward Hardwicke) However, nasty Bill Sykes (Jamie Foreman) is determined that Oliver won’t be allowed out of his desperate situation, despite the attempts by Bill’s girlfriend Nancy (Leanne Rowe) to protect him.
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.
Child crime and survival in 19th century London, Children as victims
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 a lot of 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, particularly younger children in this age bracket, 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.
Some adolescents could be concerned by the scene in which Bill Sykes beats Nancy to death
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, principally:
Roman Polanski’s latest version of Oliver Twist, the very dark, Dickension tale of 19th century London, is very authentically portrayed and thus quite disturbing. The main message from the movie is that innate goodness can resist and ultimately overcome the external pressures of an evil world.
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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