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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 12 (themes, suggestive content and language)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to themes, suggestive content and language.|
|Children aged 10–12||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, suggestive content and language.|
|Children over the age of 12||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:||Turning Red|
|Consumer advice lines:||Not available|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Meilin Lee, ‘Mei’, (voice of Rosalie Chiang) is a 13-year-old middle schooler who lives with her overprotective and traditional parents in a Chinese temple in Toronto. Mei’s mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is determined to have a perfect daughter and to protect her from everything she can but she has failed to tell Mei some very important truths about an ancestral gift/curse affecting the females of her family. Mei discovers the secret on her own when she hits puberty and literally transforms into a red panda. Her mother is unable to control her and Mei struggles to find the power within herself to control her emotions. Thankfully, her friends, Miriam (voice of Ava Morse), Abby (voice of Hyein Park) and Priya (voice of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) – who see past the red panda and can see Mei for who she truly is – are able to help Mei learn to love herself even more because of her gift. When the girls find out that their favourite boy band is coming to town and that none of their parents will allow them to see the concert, the friends hatch a plan to earn the money themselves and go anyway. The only catch is that Mei has one chance to contain her panda thanks to a ritualistic ceremony held only during a red moon, which just so happens to be on the very night of the concert. Will Mei join her friends; will she follow tradition to trap her panda; or will she embrace the changes and make them part of her forever?
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.
Puberty; Bullying; Consumerism; Intergenerational / Cultural differences; Harbouring family secrets; Adolescent crushes; The struggle to find yourself and come to terms with who you are.
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.
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.
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:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Turning Red is an animated adventure featuring a culturally diverse cast. At first glance it may appear to be a children’s film but being based around topics related to adolescence and puberty, including repeated mention of periods and pads, Turning Red is far more suited to tween and younger teen audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that people have all kinds of sides, that some sides are messy but that we need to make room for them, live with them and learn to love ourselves in spite of any perceived imperfections.
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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