Not recommended under 15 (Violence, disturbing scenes, drug use, coarse language)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes, drug use, and coarse language|
|Children over the age of 15||OK for this age group, but parents may wish to discuss a number of issues raised by the film|
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:||Tomorrow when the war began|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence, drug use and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the John Marsden classic and the first in a series of seven books, Tomorrow When the War Began is the story of seven teenagers who return from a camping trip to find Australia has been invaded by a foreign power.
With their friends and families captured, they decide to band together to fight the invaders. This causes them to question personal beliefs and pushes them to do things that they previously thought unimaginable. The movie delves into the teenagers’ loss of their fundamental freedom, the helplessness that ensues and their determination to fight for what is important to them.
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.
War; death; family separation; drug use; delinquency; cruelty to animals.
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 are many violent scenes 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 a number of scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged under eight, 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes
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 and scary scenes and themes, children aged eight to thirteen may be particularly disturbed by the idea of invasion by a hostile force
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.
Younger children in this age group may also find the content of the film disturbing.
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:
Chris is identified as a ‘stoner’ and is seen to be smoking marijuana and possibly cigarettes. He also uses the terms “bent” and “baked”
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Tomorrow When the War Began is a dramatic film that depicts the perils faced by a group of teenagers who return from a camping trip to find their homeland invaded by a foreign power and their loved ones captured and imprisoned.
Confronting scenes show the teens struggling to make choices between right and wrong behaviours (given the difficult situation they are in), pushing the limits of their personal beliefs and dealing with the reality of the consequences of their actions. Although some younger teens may have read the book on which the film is based, parents should be aware that this is definitely a movie for older adolescents and adults.
The main messages from this movie are
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with older children include:
Issues raised in the film that parents may wish to discuss with older children include
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