This Little Love of Mine

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for This Little Love of Mine
  • a review of This Little Love of Mine completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 April 2021.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 While there is nothing scary or violent in this movie, parental guidance is recommended due to potential lack of interest for younger viewers.
Children aged 8 and over Ok for this age group.

About the movie

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: This Little Love of Mine
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: General
Length: 91 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Laura Price (Saskie Hampele) is a highly successful corporate lawyer, waiting for her next promotion to become a partner in the law firm she works for. Laura is engaged to Owen, (Craig Horner), an equally successful lawyer, who seems to have little time for her. One day Laura is approached by Graham Finlay (Martin Portus), an old family friend who owns a million-dollar business, who asks her to convince his grandson, Chip (Liam McIntyre), to take over his business. Laura sees securing this business as the opportunity to make her a partner. She therefore agrees to travel back to her hometown of Sapphire Cove, a beautiful tropical paradise.

Chip, however, is determined not to follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps, preferring to live a carefree life, fishing, sailing his boat, hiking and horse-riding. He is very happy to see Laura, his childhood best friend, but finds her to be a different person to the one who left a long time ago. Laura finds herself reconnecting with her past and discovering what she is missing in her high-pressured world. Together they discover mutual values and ambitions which they hope will make the world a better place.

Themesinfo

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.

Romance; Life values.

Use of violenceinfo

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.

No violence was noted in this movie.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

  • None noted.

Aged five to eightinfo

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.

  • Nothing further of concern.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Apple computers.

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • Laura and Chip kiss.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • Drinking on several occasions: at home; at functions; at dinner.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

In a nutshell

This Little Love of Mine is a romantic, feel-good movie which, while simplistic at heart, shows us what is important in life. The movie is set in a beautiful location which generates an appreciation of nature and enjoyment of the simple pleasures of life. While there is nothing harmful in this movie for young children, it is not likely to hold much interest for them due to the nature of the movie but is best suited for teens and above, and parental guidance is recommended for children under 8.

The main messages from this movie are to enjoy the simple pleasure of life and that love is the ‘beginning and the end of everything’.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Enjoying the outdoors and nature rather than constantly being on electronic devices.
  • Using one’s influence for good rather than for personal gain.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Why Chip was so against taking over his Grandfather’s business.