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Not recommended under 10, parental guidance 10 to 13 (frequent physical fighting scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to frequent violence (Samoan martial arts) and frequent Samoan language with English subtitles|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to frequent violence|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Take Home Pay|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Two brothers, Alama (Vito Aofaga Vito) and Popo (Longi Taulafo), work hard at their family's plantation in rural Samoa. Tired of their grumpy father's authoritarian style and earning little money, they set off to New Zealand as seasonal workers. At the end of a successful season of picking kiwi fruit, Alama wakes up to find that Popo has run away – and taken all of their money. Desperate not to return home empty-handed, Alama seeks help from his local Samoan relative, Bob Titilo (Tofiga Fepulea'i). Bob is in his 40s, unemployed and still lives with his mum but he is a self-declared "private investigator" and is determined to solve the case. His unconventional methods soon lead to an action-laden chase through Auckland and the beginning of an extraordinary friendship.
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.
Coming of age, duty versus fun and adventure, breaking traditions, rebelling against parents, foreign subcultures, traditional Polynesian martial art, self-discovery, friendship, loyalty, community, becoming a better person.
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 will be frightened by this movie.
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 use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Take Home Pay is a heart-warming, upbeat and humorous action comedy with an excellent cast. A large portion of the film is in Samoan with English subtitles and gives a valuable insight into the simple life of traditional Samoan farmers as well as the Samoan/wider Polynesian community in New Zealand. It is a story about two young men going on an adventure which ends up being a journey of self-discovery, evaluation of dreams, and friendship.
The main messages from this movie are that you not only hurt others but also yourself when you are being selfish; that it is never too late to show remorse; and that you can learn from your mistakes to become a better person.
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:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of:
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