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Not recommended under 10; parental guidance recommended 10 to 13 due to some scary scenes, violence , disturbing themes and possible lack of interest.
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to scary scenes, violence, disturbing themes and lack of interest|
|Children 10 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes, violence, disturbing themes and lack of interest|
|Children 13 and over||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:||Man who knew infinity, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) grew up in poverty in Madras, India, but is amazingly gifted with the ability to solve complex mathematical problems. He is persuaded by friends to share some of his work with academics from Cambridge University and is overwhelmed when he is invited to come to England by G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Lyons). Ramanujan arrives expecting to have his work published, but he is met with cultural imperialism at its worst.
Hardy insists that Ramanujan attend lectures to gain ‘academic rigour’, something very foreign to Ramanujan. He also requires Ramanujan to write proofs for all of his theorems, saying that otherwise they won’t be taken seriously. Hardy, along with Littlewood (Toby Jones) and Bertrand Russell (Jeremy Northam) are encouraging to Ramanujan but many of the traditional academic staff think that he’s nothing more than a charlatan. Ramanujan goes on to prove them wrong.
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.
Racism; fatal illness; suicide; war
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
Nothing of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The man who knew infinity is a biographical drama about the life of the famous mathematician Ramanujan. It is very well portrayed and displays the open racism that regularly occurred in the early 20th century. It is interesting to see the contrast between life in Madras (now Chennai) and life at Cambridge University. There is some violence in the film which is relatively mild but could be upsetting for younger children, as could the film's themes of racism and fatal illness. The film would probably lack interest for most children under 13 and is more suited to older children, teens and adults.
The main messages from this movie are to persevere with what you know to be true and not give up in the face of adversity.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include determination, persistence and resilience. They may wish to discuss the racism seen in the film.
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