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Not suitable under 9; parental guidance to 11 (heavy adult themes, distressing scenes, some violence, coarse language, and problematic alcohol use)
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|Children under 9||Not suitable due to heavy adult themes, distressing scenes, some violence, coarse language, and problematic alcohol use.|
|Children aged 9–11||Parental guidance recommended due to heavy adult themes, distressing scenes, some violence, coarse language, and problematic alcohol use. Also, likely to lack interest for this age group.|
|Children aged 12 and over||Ok for this age group but may lack interest for pre-teen/teen audiences.|
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:||Rams|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In the remote Western Australian community of Mount Barker, two brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), live and raise sheep alongside each other, but due to family feuds they have not spoken to each other in decades. Their lives are turned upside down when Les' award-winning ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal disease, and the entire community is ordered to destroy their flocks. The brothers have very different ways of dealing with this threat to their very existence. Will they be able to eventually overcome their differences and assert the survival of their prized family bloodline?
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 drama; Dark comedy; Australian country life; Family feuds.
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 are some 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:
Rams is an Australian re-interpretation of the Icelandic drama film Rams (2015) by Grímur Hákonarson. Directed by Jeremy Sims and starring Australian icons, Sam Neill and Michael Caton, this family/community comedy drama gives a touching insight into the lives of two estranged brothers and the wider farming and Australian country town community. The serious themes, comedic subtleties, and a relatively slow pace will likely appeal most to a mature adult audience. Emotionally distressing themes, use of violence, coarse language, and alcohol make this film unsuitable for an audience under 9 and parental guidance is recommended for children under 12.
The main message from this movie is that pride, defiance and holding a grudge can easily get in the way of your own happiness.
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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