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Not recommended under 9, parental guidance 9 to 13 due to disturbing themes and scenes.
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children aged 9 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.
|Name of movie:||Red Dog: True Blue|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This prequel to Red Dog opens with Michael Carter (Jason Isaacs) taking his two young sons to the cinema to see the original film. When Michael’s young son Theo asks his dad why the film made him cry, Michael tells his son that he was the original owner of Red Dog when he was a young boy. From this point on the story is told as a flashback, beginning in 1969 where we find Michael Carter as a young boy known as Mick (Levi Miller).
Mick’s life is turned upside down when his father dies and his mother has a nervous breakdown, leaving no one to care for him. As a result Mick is shipped off to an outback cattle station owned by his strict but sensitive grandfather (Brian Brown). Mick easily slips into his new life and is well-liked by the station’s colourful characters. But Mick’s greatest companion and teacher comes along in the form of a mud-covered kelpie pup stranded up tree after a cyclone. Mick rescues the pup and calls him Blue and the pair become fast friends.
A year later the pair are inseparable with Mick and Blue happily roaming the countryside. All that changes when Mick’s grandfather decides that Mick’s education is lacking and brings in a young and attractive tutor named Betty (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) to assist with Mick’s studies. Mick is instantly smitten with Betty but finds that he is not the only one vying for her attention - a situation that leads to him making some bad choices which he has to right.
Unfortunately all good stories come to an end and Mick, like all station-dwelling kids, is sent off to boarding school. With Mick gone, Blue refuses to stick around and begins his roving adventures as ‘Red Dog’.
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.
Death of a parent; mental illness; relationships
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.
The film contains some violence, 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.
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 for this age group
Nothing of concern
The film contains occasional low-level sexual innuendo and references scattered throughout. Examples include:
The film contains brief partial nudity. Examples include:
The film contains some occasional use and depiction of alcohol. Examples include:
The film contains a scattering of low-level coarse language and name-calling. Examples include:
The film Red Dog: True Blue (the prequel to Red Dog) is a comedy drama about the friendship between a boy and his dog. True Blue connects well with its predecessor while still providing the audience with a completely new story full of humour, sadness and compassion. It is an entertaining film for most of the family, although there are themes and scenes that are likely to disturb younger children. It is therefore not recommended for children under 9, with parental guidance recommended for 9 to 13 year olds.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to discuss the manner in which the film tackles the issue of land rights as well as sacred sites and artefacts.
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