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Not recommended under 12, parental guidance recommended to 13 (Adult themes)
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to adult themes.|
|Children aged 12-13||Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes.|
|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:||The Farewell|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and occasional coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Farewell is a drama comedy by Asian-American writer/director Lulu Wang. Living in New York, aspiring Chinese-American writer Billi (Awkwafina) maintains a close relationship with her Nai Nai (a term used to mean 'paternal grandmother' in Mandarin, played by Shuzhen Zhao) who lives in China. After receiving a rejection letter for a Guggenheim Fellowship, Billi learns from her parents that her beloved Nai Nai has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and only a few months to live. Billi is devastated by this news and becomes conflicted when she discovers the family is keeping the diagnosis secret from her Nai Nai. A hastily arranged wedding for Billi's cousin, Hao Hao (Han Chen) from Japan, has been planned in China as an excuse to unite the family together and spend what is expected to be one last time with Nai Nai. Billi’s father Haiyan (Tzi Ma) and her mother Jian (Diana Lin) fear that Billi will end up exposing the lie directly to her grandmother, so they tell her to stay behind in New York City.
Ignoring her parents' orders, Billi flies to Changchun. Although she assures her parents that she won't reveal the cancer diagnosis to Nai Nai, Billi shares her conflicted thoughts over the deliberate lying to her grandmother with the rest of the family, including Nai Nai’s doctor. Billi’s uncle explains that the lie allows the family to bear the emotional burden of the diagnosis, rather than Nai Nai herself and Billi later learns that Nai Nai told a similar lie to her husband when he was terminally ill.
Funny situations resulting from the wedding preparations lighten the underlying sadness of the family reunion. During the wedding reception, family members break down in tears on separate occasions but manage to proceed through the rest of the banquet as planned without raising Nai Nai's suspicions. The family maintain the lie and share their tearful goodbyes with Nai Nai before returning to their homes in Japan and America.
Parents should know that the film is predominantly in Mandarin with English subtitles used throughout.
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.
Serious illness; drug and alcohol use; Grief
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.
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:
The Farewell is a thought-provoking drama, based on a true story, shedding light on the differences between Eastern and Western cultural values, particularly the role of family. The movie is predominantly in Mandarin with English subtitles, therefore younger viewers may find it difficult to follow the story line. Although rated PG, the sombre themes of serious illness and grief make this movie more appropriate for children 12 years and up.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of having tolerance for cultural differences, the importance of family, and being proud of who you are and where you come from.
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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