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Suitable for all age groups though may lack interest for children under 6.
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|Children under 6||Ok for this age group though may lack interest.|
|Children aged 6 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.
|Name of movie:||Pollyanna|
|Consumer advice lines:||The content is very mild in impact.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After the death of her parents, 12 year-old missionary daughter, Pollyanna (Hayley Mills), is sent to live with her rich but reserved aunt Polly Harrington (Jane Wyman). Aunt Polly takes pride in the fact that the town of Harrington was named after her father, and Pollyanna soon finds out that her aunt is unofficially running the town, by owning most of the businesses and making generous donations. At the same time, Aunt Polly makes sure that everything is done her way. She even dictates the town's reverend (Karl Malden) what to cover in his sermons, who consequently reminds the congregation every Sunday of their sinfulness and the wrath of God – making everyone dread Sundays. It is Pollyanna's curious, friendly, and positive approach to life and open-minded approach to every single member of the community that slowly but surely brings change to the people of Harrington. But will Pollyanna also be able to soften Aunt Polly's heart, to teach her to love and be loved, and ultimately help her to be re-united with her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Chilton (Richard Egan)?
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.
Family; positive approach to life; open-mindedness; seeing the good in people; love; friendship.
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.
No violence was noted in this movie.
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.
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.
Based on Eleanor H. Porter's 1913 novel, Pollyanna is a classic Disney family movie, offering wonderful family entertainment, even 60 years after it was first released. It is beautiful to see the positive developments and transformations of many of the characters during the course of the movie, as Pollyanna teaches them her so-called "glad game" – finding something to be glad about in every situation.
The main messages from this movie are that it is important to always look for the good in people; to focus on things to be glad about when faced with challenging situations; and that true happiness and joy can be derived from opening up ones heart for love.
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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