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Not recommended under 5; parental guidance recommended to 8 (lacks interest for younger viewers and contains some violence)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to lack of interest and some violence|
|Children 5 to 8||Parental guidance recommended due to lack of interest and some violence|
|Children 8 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Patrick|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Patrick is a loveable but mischievous pug dog who is bequeathed to Sarah (Beattie Edmondson) by her Grandmother when she dies. Sarah is not a dog lover and has enough troubles with relationships without the responsibility of having to care for a dog. In addition, Sarah lives in a flat with a strict ‘no pet policy’ and she is about to start a new job as an English teacher at a comprehensive school. Nonetheless, she takes on Patrick as a duty to her loved Grandmother until she can find a home for him. Patrick inevitably turns Sarah’s life upside down but proves himself useful while out on walks by introducing her to the owners of other dogs.
Firstly Sarah meets a handsome vet (Ed Skrein) to whom she is instantly attracted, but she discovers he is vain and self-centred. Then she meets Ben (Tom Bennett) but discovers that he is the married parent of one of her students, Vicky (Emilia Jones). Vicky has been having some troubles at home, which have affected her schoolwork. Sarah discovers that Vicky’s mother is leaving with a new boyfriend and that has been really upsetting for Vicky. It does mean, however, that Ben is now a free man. Sarah finds herself juggling her new work and relationships while Patrick works his way into her heart.
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.
Relationships; marriage breakdown
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:
Slapstick violence includes:
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.
Some children in this age group may also 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 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
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.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
Social drinking at various events: in a bar; with dinner at a restaurant, and at home.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Patrick is a romantic comedy that calls on slapstick humour for its laughs. It is light hearted, with no great depth of story, but Patrick will endear himself to most viewers. It is is likely to be most popular with older children and adolescents.
The main messages from this movie are that what initially appears a bad thing can often turn out to be a good thing and that pets can enrich your life.
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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