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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Themes)
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|Children under 8||Due to its themes, this movie is not recommended for children under the age of eight.|
|Children aged 8-13||Some mature children between the ages of 8-13 could see this film with parental guidance.|
|Children over the age of 13||Children over the age of thirteen will be able to see this film with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Perfect Man, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff), a self-titled teenage gypsy, is tired of constantly packing up and moving each time her mother Jean (Heather Locklear) is jilted by some second rate man. The latest move takes them across the country to Brooklyn New York, where Holly, her Mum and little sister Zoe (Aria Wallace) must begin their lives again.
In the hopes of keeping her mother happy, Holly invents the perfect man. A man who always says and does the right thing and knows Jean better than she knows herself, a man far superior to Lenny (Mike O’Malley) the bakery manager who has fallen for Jean. With the help of her friends from school, Adam (Ben Feldman) and Amy (Vanessa Lengies) and with the unwitting assistance of Amy’s uncle Ben (Chris Noth) plots thicken and plans spiral out of Holly’s control until Holly finds she must face her mother and those that she has used along the way. When things get too complicated it is Holly that wants to pack up and start again.
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.
The film contains the occasional use of violence, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There are two scenes in the film with the potential to scare young children.
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 may also be scared 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.
There is nothing in this film that would frighten children over the age of eight.
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 nothing in this film that would frighten children over the age of thirteen
Holly uses a Macintosh laptop frequently throughout the film. The laptop is instrumental in adding to her travelling gypsy homepage as well as in various plots to help her mother fall in love with the perfect man.
There are several sexual references made throughout the film, including:
There is no sexual activity in the film, however there are several instances of scant clothing being worn, including:
There is some use of alcohol, including:
Though course language is not used in the film, there is a fair bit of name-calling, almost entirely aimed at Lenny who is repeatedly called a ‘loser’.
The movie’s main message is that running away from your problems doesn’t solve anything, that sooner or later the same issues will come back to haunt you and that it is better to embrace life with all its ups and downs than to miss out by moving on. The film provides an opportunity for parents to discuss the dangers of seeking perfection in someone else, for no one is perfect, and that the only individual one has control over is oneself.
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