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Not suitable under 16, not recommended 16 – 17 due to language, drug use and sex scenes.
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|Children under 15||Not suitable due to language, themes and sex scenes.|
|Children aged 16-17||Not recommended due to language, themes and sex 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:||Rocketman|
|Consumer advice lines:||Strong Coarse Language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Reggie Dwight (Matthew Illesley) was born into a loveless household. The one thing he craved most was his parents’ affection which he never really received. His mother (Bryce Dallas Howard) was self-absorbed while claiming to have his best interests at heart and his father (Steve Mackintosh) was disinterested and unaffectionate. His grandmother (Gemma Jones) was his closest supporter who recognized his musical talent and helped ensure that he got lessons which led to his scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. But it was Reggie’s (played as an adult by Taron Egerton) innate talent, his ability to see the music that should accompany the lyrics, and his partnership with Bernie (Jamie Bell), a songwriter and his closest friend that got him noticed in the first place. The film follows the early, substance abusive, years of Elton John’s career and his relationship with his dreadful manager John (Richard Madden) who broke his heart and used him, pushing him to the edge on numerous occasions. Elton tells the story of his life to a group in rehab, and through the retelling begins to heal the hurt that he has been holding onto his whole life. He faces the fear that he can never be loved, learns to love himself and eventually finds the love he has been searching for.
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 breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse, homosexuality, suicide.
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.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen would be frightened by anything in this film.
Elton John songs are featured throughout the film. Tower Records is mentioned by name and The Troubadour club is featured in Los Angeles.
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:
Rocketman is a musical biopic about the early years of Elton John and his rise to stardom. Whilst some aspects of his rise to fame may appear glamorous (e.g., special treatment, private cars, adoring fans), scenes depicting things such as promiscuous sex and drug use appear less attractive and reflect Elton’s desperate need to find real love and happiness through adverse means. Hence, this is not a family film and will best be enjoyed by older, more mature audiences.
The main message from this movie is that real love is hard to come by, so instead of finding a way to live without it you should find a way to love yourself, be true to yourself and live the best life that you possibly can.
Values in this movie that parents could discuss with their older children (16 - 17):
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their older children (16 - 17) attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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