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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Viol. Sex. Lang.)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence, sexual references and language.|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended.|
|Children over the age of 13||Should be ok to see this movie with or without parental guidance|
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 the Lead|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, Mild coarse language, Mild sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Take the Lead which is ‘inspired by true events’ tells the story of ballroom dancing teacher Pierre Dulaine (Anotonio Banderas) who started the ‘Dancing Classroom’ in New York inner-city schools. Dulaine is walking home one evening when he witnesses a vicious act of vandalism by a youth attacking a car with a golf club. Disturbed by what he sees Dulaine visits the youth’s school and offers his services to teach the students ballroom dancing. Tough principal, Ms James (Alfre Woodard) whose wall is adorned with photos of students who have died to remind her of her purpose, initially rejects his offer out of hand. However, upon reflection, she decides to take Dulaine up on his offer to teach the students in detention, thinking that this might actually act as a deterrent to detention.
Dulaine faces a tough group of kids such as Rock, (Rob Brown) whose brother is one of those on Ms James’ wall. He has to work to feed his family as his parents are constantly drunk, having never recovered from the death of his brother. Then there’s LaRhette (Yaya DaCosta), whose mother’s a prostitute and she has to go home every day to take care of her younger brother and sisters. These kids don’t mind their own style of rap and hip-hop dancing but are certain they don’t want to learn ballroom dancing. Dulaine firmly believes that through ballroom dancing the kids can learn trust, self respect, team work and gain some dignity. He perseveres against the odds until one day Dulaine decides to bring in one of his professional female dancers to demonstrate how sensual and sexy ballroom dancing can be. This certainly makes quite an impression on the kids and their attitude changes from that point on. Dulaine even manages to persuade them to train for the 25th Annual Grand Ballroom competition which holds a money prize of $5000.
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.
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed or scared by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Children aged eight to thirteen could still be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes particularly the disadvantaged lifestyle of the students such as Rock and LaRhette.
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.
While young adolescents may not be too concerned by this movie, many could still benefit from some discussion of its content.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some reference to drug use in this movie, including:
There is frequent coarse language in this movie, including:
Although the theme of Take the Lead has been done so many times before, it will appeal to lovers of ballroom dancing particularly, but to many others as well. The movie’s message is that self respect and a sense of self worth will go a long way in overcoming the difficulties produced by a disadvantaged background.
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 issues of:
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