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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 12 (themes and language)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to themes and language.|
|Children aged 8–12||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and language.|
|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:||Penguin Bloom|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After a crippling accident in Thailand, Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) mourns the life she lost and the person she used to be. Her husband Cam (Andrew Lincoln) and sons Noah (Grifffin Murray-Johnston), Reuben (Felix Cameron) and Oli (Abe Clifford-Barr) try to help as much as they can but it doesn’t seem to be enough. Sam is angry and hurting and shuts herself away from the world and, to some extent, from her family. When Noah rescues a baby magpie, the bird – later called Penguin – worms his way into their hearts. Left alone in the house, Penguin and Sam begin to develop a special bond. As Penguin finally manages to fly, he inspires Sam to try something new and she finds fulfilment in learning to kayak. Sam comes to recognise that although things are different, she is still the same person she always was and great things are yet to come.
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.
Loss of identity; Grief; Family tragedy; Loss of a pet; Personal injury; Coming to terms with a new reality.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Penguin Bloom is a heart-warming drama based on the compelling, true story of the Bloom family. The film features a stellar cast and outstanding performances and contains many pertinent messages for this current time in human history. Best suited to older children and adults and all those who appreciate the lessons that can be learned from the triumphs of those who have overcome incredible odds.
The main messages from this movie are that anyone’s life can be changed in an instant, that there are times when we will be scared or angry, grieving or in pain, believing that we lack the strength to get through it but (even in these moments) we are stronger than we think and more loved than we can ever imagine.
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 the importance of communication between family members, not hiding our feelings or blaming ourselves for things that are completely beyond our control.
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