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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 12 (mature themes (racism, segregation, violence against minorities) and likely lack of interest)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to mature themes (racism, segregation, violence against minorities) and lack of interest.|
|Children aged 10–12||Parental guidance recommended due to mature themes (racism, segregation, violence against minorities) and likely lack of interest.|
|Children over the age of 12||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:||Passing|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild Themes and Coarse Language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Clare (Ruth Negga) and Irene (Tessa Thompson) – both of mixed racial background – went to school together in Chicago and then went their separate ways. Over a decade later, in the late 1920s, they have a chance encounter in New York, where Irene is now married to African American doctor Brian (André Holland). Clare on the other hand has decided to ‘pass’ as a white woman, and has taken it so far as to keeping her African American ancestry secret from her white and racist husband John (Alexander Skarsgård). While Clare enjoys the advantages and comforts of passing as white, she feels an increasing urge to reconnect with her roots, and starts to spend more and more time with Irene, who is actively involved in the ‘Negro Welfare League’. Tensions start to arise as social butterfly Clare turns heads in Irene’s circles – including Brian’s – and as she is taking more risks to be found out by her prejudiced husband.
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.
Black and White; Arty; Drama; Period Piece; Racism; African American subculture.
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 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:
Passing is a movie based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella of the same title, and is shot entirely in black and white, as a stylistic tool to accentuate and at the same time blur the differences in skin tone. Even though the story is set nearly 100 years ago in the United States, the themes of racism and searching for identity and its place in society are current and as relevant as ever. Its subtle style, calm pace, and cinematographic aesthetics will most likely appeal to a mature audience. Mature themes, such as implied violence against minorities, make the movie unsuitable for young children and warrants parental guidance for children under 13.
The main messages from this movie are that you can never entirely turn your back on your past and cultural heritage; and that money and comfort do not automatically lead to happiness.
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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