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Parental guidance to 8 (themes, potentially disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended under 5 due to possible lack of interest.|
|Children aged 5–8||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and potentially disturbing scenes.|
|Children over the age of 8||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:||Swimming for Gold|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Following a traumatic event, champion swimmer Claire Carpenter (Peyton List) finds she is unable to compete and disappears from public sight. Worried about her lack of focus, her father (Martin Dingle Wall) insists she take a coaching position at a swim camp in Australia and puts her on a plane to Brisbane. Things go from bad to worse for Claire when: she finds she is rooming with her archrival, Mikayla (Lauren Esposito) who delights in turning the others girls against her; the boys team mock her and refuse to listen to anything she says; Coach Bodhi (Ray Chong Nee) has no idea what he is doing; and despite her desperate protestations, her father insists that she stay in Australia. Deciding she couldn’t care less and there is no point in trying, Claire makes a mockery of training the boys until the team’s captain Liam (Daniel Needs) helps turn her around. Slowly, Claire begins to whip the boys into shape and help the girls improve their performance as well. By the time the national championships arrive Claire has learned some powerful lessons about forgiveness and friendship but ultimately it is up to the team to prove to themselves, their parents and the world at large that they have what it takes not only to win but also to save their beloved swim camp from imminent closure.
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.
Bullying; Disconnectedness from parents; The pressure of disappointment; Facing your fears.
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.
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 coarse language in this movie, including:
Swimming for Gold is an Australian made, family friendly, feel-good, film that is suitable for all but the youngest viewers and will likely be best enjoyed by tween audiences. The film, though perhaps not always realistic, contains many positive messages about vulnerability, working hard to reach your dreams and celebrating the success of others.
The main messages from this movie are that there is power in positivity and that, in life, it is not what happens to us that defines us but rather how we handle what comes our way.
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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