Not recommended under 10, Parental guidance to 13 (mild themes, occasional language).
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|Children under 10||Not recommended for children under 10 due to mild themes.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended.|
|Children 13 and over||Suitable 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:||Storm Boy|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and occasional coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Following the death of his wife and daughter, ‘Hideaway’ Tom (Jai Courtney) takes his young son Michael (Finn Little) to live in a shack by the beach. He is unable to face people or deal with his grief, so he shuts them both off from the world. Whilst exploring the sand dunes, Michael makes a friend of sorts in ‘Fingerbone’ Bill (Trevor Jamieson) and when he happens upon a nest of new born pelicans whose parents have both been killed by hunters, he vows to save them. Things look grim for the birds, especially the smallest one, but Michael cares for them and goes to extreme measures to keep them safe. Little by little they grow and thrive and a special bond develops between Michael and Mr Percival, the one whom no one believed would survive. The bird seems to sense that it owes its life to Michael and develops a special attachment to him that his pelican brothers Mr. Proud and Mr. Ponder do not. Michael trains the birds to fly, teaches them to fish, and ultimately sets them free. Despite his freedom, Mr. Percival returns, and he and Michael are inseparable devoted friends. When Mr. Percival suddenly becomes a local hero, a series of events are set in motion and Michael finds himself leaving his father, his home and his heart behind. He returns to the remains of the shack many years later as the well-to-do Mr. Kingsley (Geoffrey Rush) with his granddaughter Madeleine (Morgana Davies) to whom he has been recounting his own life story. He hopes that by sharing his past with her that history will not repeat itself and that his experiences will help her find her own way in a world far more complicated than it should be.
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 parents; death of a spouse; death of sibling; death of daughter; cruelty to animals.
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.
Aside from the above mentioned scenes there is nothing in this film that would frighten children between the ages of eight to thirteen.
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.
There is nothing in this film that would frighten children over the age of thirteen.
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There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Storm Boy is an Australian drama based on the book by Colin Thiele. It is a touching tale of love and loss and hope. It will appeal to a wide variety of audiences and has lessons for every age.
The main messages from this movie are to trust your heart, treasure your family, and to stand up for what is right and what you believe no matter what anyone else thinks.
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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