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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (scary scenes and themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to scary scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 8–10||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and themes.|
|Children over the age of 10||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 Secret Garden (2020)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in 1947, The Secret Garden is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. On the eve of partition between India and Pakistan, Mary Lennox's (Dixie Egerickx) parents are tragically killed. Mary wakes to find her house in disarray and with no-one else around. As an orphan, she is taken to England to live with her Uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) by the formidable Mrs. Medlock (Julie Waters). Mary arrives to find a house in mourning. She is told she must stay in her room and not wander around the large mansion. At night she hears cries from somewhere in the house and goes to investigate. There she discovers her cousin, Colin (Edan Hayhurst), who is disabled and bedridden.
Colin is at first reluctant to make friends with Mary, having lived in isolation for a very long time, but he gradually lets his defences down. The two become firm friends and Mary persuades him to venture outside of the house. In her solitary time, Mary had discovered the secret garden to which she was led by a garden robin. Mary had also made friends with a dog, she named Jemima and a boy called Dickon (Amir Wilson). Mary introduces Colin to her friends and shares the delightful and magical garden with him. Colin's spirits are lifted by his new experiences and gradually he regains the use of his legs. When Uncle Archibald discovers what has happened, he is at first enraged, but soon comes to realise that Mary's influence on Colin has been to his benefit.
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.
Orphans; Death of a parent(s); Magic; Fantasy; Supernatural.
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.
Nothing further of concern.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The Secret Garden (2020) is a remake of the classic film and book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The movie is quite grim a lot of the time, however this contrasts well with the colourful beauty of the secret garden. In this interpretation of the story, the garden is more magical than secret and there are many appearances of Mary's Mother and Aunt who appear in supernatural form to help and guide Mary and also the Uncle on occasion. It is very well acted by all characters but the themes and content of the movie make it unsuitable for children under 8. Parental guidance is also recommended for children aged 8 – 10.
The main messages from this movie are to not be consumed by tragedy but to overcome loss and grief, and learn to live in the present.
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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