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Not suitable under 16, parental guidance to 18 (heavy and frequent drug and alcohol use, themes, language, violence)
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|Children under 16||Not suitable due to heavy and frequent drug and alcohol use/abuse, themes, language and violence.|
|Children aged 16–18||Parental guidance recommended due to heavy and frequent drug and alcohol use/abuse and themes.|
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 Goldfinch|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, drug use, violence, coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After his mother is killed in a terrorist bombing at a museum, young Theo (Oakes Fegley) is taken in by the Barbour family and Mrs. Barbour (Nicole Kidman) helps Theo as he struggles to come to terms with his loss. An unlikely friendship also develops between Theo and Hobie (Jeffrey Wright), an antique restorer, when a chance encounter after the bombing ensures that they should meet. When Theo’s father (Luke Wilson) and girlfriend Xandra (Sarah Paulson) suddenly appear in his life Theo knows going with them is not in his best interests. However, given no choice, Theo finds himself living with them in a deserted pocket of Las Vegas, surrounded by foreclosed homes and endless sand. It is in this wasteland that Theo meets fellow classmate Boris (Finn Wolfhard) and they strike up a friendship that will have long lasting and far reaching consequences on both their lives. When his father is killed Theo (played as an adult by Ansel Elgort) returns to New York where chance encounters once again change the course of his life and help him realise that sometimes something good can come from something bad.
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 a parent, family breakdown, drug and alcohol dependence, suicide.
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 heavy and frequent use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including frequent use of the words:
The Goldfinch is a drama based on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Donna Tartt. Performances are well acted and the plot will keep you guessing. This is not a family film and is best suited to older, more mature audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that something good can come from something bad, that people live and die and that fine art should live forever.
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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