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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (Themes; Violence)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to themes and violence|
|Children 8-13||Not recommended due to themes and violence|
|Children 13-14||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and violence|
|Children 15 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:||Twilight Saga: New Moon, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Supernatural themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
New Moon begins with Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) eighteenth birthday. All goes well until Bella goes to Edward Cullen’s house for a birthday dinner party. Edward along with the rest of his family are vampires and when Bella accidentally receives a paper cut resulting in a drop of blood falling on the floor, Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), a family member and vampire loses control and attacks Bella with several members of the Cullen family having to restrain Jasper. In an effort to protect Bella from the dangers associated with vampiric life, Edward and the entire Cullen family leave the town of Forks with Edward vowing to never see Bella again.
A heartbroken Bella falls into depression that lasts for months until she discovers that placing herself in dangerous situations causes a ghost like image of Edward to appear, pleading with Bella not to place herself in danger. Desperate to make contact with Edward even if only in ghost form, Bella devices a risk taking scheme that will force Edward to make contact. To assist her scheme Bella enlists the aid of her childhood friend Jacob Black (Taylor Launter), a Native American, and it is not long before romance begins to blossom between Bella and Jacob. However, the budding romance is short lived when dormant genes in Jacob come to life and Jacob transforms into a werewolf.
In an effort to make contact with Edward, Bella places herself in peril by jumping off a high cliff into the ocean but is fortunately rescued from drowning by Jacob. The event causes Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene), to mistakenly foresee Bella’s death with Alice informing Edward of Bella’s death. Unable to live without Bella, Edward seeks his own death by going to Italy and begging the Volturi, (Vampiric aristocracy) to kill him, but the Volturi refuse Edward’s requests.
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.
Supernatural themes, suicidal behaviours
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.
While New Moon contains some violence, blood and gore are kept to a minimum. Examples of violence include:
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 many 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 in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-men
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.
Some of the above mentioned violent scenes could also scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen.
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.
Most children over the age of thirteen years should be able to cope with the scary images and supernatural themes depicted throughout this film, although parental guidance may be needed particularly around the suicide theme.
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 reference to substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some occasional low-level coarse language and mild name calling. Examples include:
Twilight Saga: New Moon is a supernatural thriller film specifically targeted at younger teenage girls. The film’s main focus is a teenage girl having her heart broken and how she responds to this. Kristen Stewart’s performance stands out from the other cast members including Robert Pattinson. With a running time of just over two hours the film drags on, falling flat in several places.
The main message from this movie is that love will survive over any and all obstacles, if it is strong enough.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children Bella’s extreme reaction to Edward leaving her, and the destructive behaviours and intentions of both lead characters. Parents may wish to discuss the effect of Bella’s behaviour on those around her and alternatives that may have allowed Bella to better cope with the situation.
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