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Not recommended under 8; parental guidance recommended 8-13; due to disturbing scenes and themes
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 8 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 13 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:||Queen of Katwe|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Queen of Katwe is based on a true story about a young girl Phiona Matesi (Madina Nalwanga) who comes from the slums of Kampala, Uganda. There she lives an impoverished life with her widowed mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o), her older sister Night (Taryn Kyaze), and two brothers, Brian (Martin Kabanza) and Richard (Ivan Jacobo).
Phiona helps her mother sell vegetables every day at the market, but one day follows her brother Brian to the Sports Ministry Outreach Church where she watches him and several other children learning to play chess. Their teacher is Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a former footballer and engineer, who has taken a position as a sports missionary to help the disadvantaged children.
Robert invites Phiona in and she starts to play the game that will change the whole course of her life. Robert realizes she is a prodigy at chess and encourages her to enter tournaments, against her mother’s judgment. She goes on to be a successful chess player, however, winning the Uganda women's junior championship when she is only 11 and also winning Africa’s International Children’s Chess Tournament in 2009 with teammates Ivan (Ronald Ssemaganda) and Benjamin (Ethan Nazario Lubega). She is also able to return to school with much support from the Church.
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.
Poverty and hardship; prejudice; prostitution; loss of a parent
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, some children in this age group may be worried by the slum conditions that Phiona lives in – full of dirt and rubble, dilapidated buildings and shacks- and by:
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 and disturbing scenes , 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 and disturbing 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 of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Queen of Katwe is an uplifting, true story of a young girl from the slums of Uganda who finds her way out by being a champion chess player. Her coach Robert is also an inspirational character who gives up his engineering career to help underprivileged children. It’s a delightful story but the reality of life in the slums is quite intense, so the film is not recommended for children under 8 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 8 to 13.
The main messages from this movie are that through perseverance you can achieve your goals and that we should all help those in need.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the way in which the children from the slums are treated by others and if and when this happens in our society.
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