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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes.|
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:||Red Dog|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, coarse language and sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film is based on a book by Louis Bernieres that was inspired by the story of a stray kelpie in the 1970′s. Red Dog became an adored member of the small mining community of Dampier, Western Australia, where there is a bronze statue erected in his honour.
The story begins when a truck driver and stranger to the town (Luke Ford) arrives at the pub in Dampier to find everyone engaged with a dying kelpie, Red Dog (played by a two-year old dog called Koko). The film progresses as a series of flashbacks when locals such as Vanno (Arthur Angel) and Joko (Rohan Nichol) tell stories about how the dog has changed their lives.
Red Dog was originally found and brought to town by publican Jack (Noah Taylor) and his wife Maureen (Loene Carmen). He formed an inseparable relationship with an itinerant American bus-driver named John (Josh Lucas) and we follow the story of John’s developing relationship with Nancy (Rachael Taylor). What happened next sent Red Dog off on his legendary travels.
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.
Loss of a loved one; animal distress
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 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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
OK for this age group.
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:
Red Dog is an enjoyable Australian film based on a true story and featuring some classic characters and popular actors. Younger children may find some scenes disturbing, but it is a good family film for those with children over 10.
The main messages from this movie are about the loyalty of dogs and the importance of animals to people.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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