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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 9 (mild animated violence and threat, one occasion of alcohol abuse, mild coarse language, complex story, themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to mild animated violence and threat, mild coarse language, one occasion of alcohol abuse, complexity of story, and themes based around high school teenagers.|
|Children aged 8–9||Parental guidance recommended due to mild animated violence and threat, one occasion of alcohol abuse, mild coarse language, and potential lack of interest due to themes based around high school teenagers.|
|Children over the age of 9||Ok for this age group but likely most appealing to a teenage or special interest (animé/Japanese) audience.|
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:||Sing a Bit of Harmony|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Conscientious and quiet teenager, Satomi (Japanese: Haruka Fukuhara/English: Risa Mei), lives with her mother, Mitsuko (Sayaka Ohara/Laila Berzins), who is a scientist at a large Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, Hoshima Electronics. Mitsuko has been working inhumane hours, creating an AI robot named Shion (Tao Tsuchiya/Megan Shipman) that is supposed to look and behave so much like a human that it cannot be distinguished from a real human. To field-test Shion, she is sent to Satomi’s high school under pretence of being a new student. Satomi accidentally comes across some of her mother’s work files, and therefore realises quickly that Shion is in fact her mother’s project under scrutiny of her male-dominated work place. Even though Shion acts bizarrely, Satomi decides to help Shion fit in and be a success, along with a group of class mates. But as they get to know Shion, it becomes obvious that she is more than a heap of hard and software, and that she inspires each of them to start dealing with some of their own personal challenges.
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.
Japanese; Animé; Musical; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Teenage Romance.
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.
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:
Sing a Bit of Harmony is a Japanese sci-fi/fantasy/musical/teen animé movie. There are a lot of positive role models and messages, and some of the scenes that appear a bit odd (some might say cringe-worthy, i.e. some of the singing scenes) actually make sense along the way as the story unfolds and grows in complexity. The film is set in a futuristic setting where artificial intelligence and robots are present in every-day life. Mild violence and sense of threat, mild coarse language, the complexity and themes of the story make the film most suitable for a teen or special interest audience.
The main messages from this movie are that people and life are complex – happiness is not the same for everyone. Also, happiness is often derived from seeing/making other people happy, but at the same time it is also important to look after your own needs.
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 the importance of:
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