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Not recommended under 15 (adult themes, sexual references, drug use)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to adult themes, sexual references and drug use|
|Children aged 15 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:||Perks of being a Wallflower, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, drug use, sexual references and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This film is set in Pittsburgh in the early 1990s. The ‘wallflower’ is Charlie (Logan Lerman), an introverted adolescent who is nervous about starting his freshman year at Mill Grove High School. He has been quite disturbed, partly because his best friend Michael committed suicide several months earlier, but also for other reasons. He starts writing letters to an anonymous person whom he tells that the only family member to whom he was close was his Aunt Helen who died in a car accident when he was only seven. He blames himself for this accident.
Charlie spends his first few days at high school sitting alone but is eventually befriended by Sam (Emma Watson) and her step brother Patrick (Ezra Miller), both seniors at school. Sam and Patrick soon introduce Charlie to their world of parties, alcohol, drugs and sex. There he meets Mary Elizabeth (Mae Whitman) who wants to be his girlfriend but Charlie is in love with Sam. Charlie learns a lot about life during his first year at high school but at the end of the year, he realises that all of his friends will be leaving and he’ll be alone again. This causes him to go into a tailspin. He almost attempts suicide himself but is saved by his quick thinking sister Candace (Nina Dobrey) who sends the police around. Charlie ends up under the care of a psychiatrist who helps get him back on track.
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.
Sex and sexuality; suicide; coming of age; child sexual abuse
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.
Children in this age group are likely to be scared by the above-mentioned violent scenes
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 might be disturbed by some aspects of this movie including:
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 also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and by the fact that one of the girls in the group, Alice, gets her kicks by stealing jeans.
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.
Younger children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some scenes, particularly those involving the suicide attempt and talk about suicide.
None of concern
There are a lot of sexual references in this movie, including:
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:
The Perks of being a Wallflower is a coming of age drama based on a novel written by Stephen Chbosky. It covers many issues that teenagers have to face while growing up. Charlie, however, has more serious issues than most as he was molested as a child and his best friend recently committed suicide. It is therefore not recommended for young teens but for more mature teens and young adults.
The main messages from this movie are about the complexities of growing up. It portrays the teenage years as a confusing time but also a time when young people find their true inner selves.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss:
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