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Not recommended under 15 (Sexual references, themes)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to sexual references and themes.|
|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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Valentine's Day|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sexual references|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Valentine’s Day follows the intertwining lives of a group of friends and some strangers as they go about preparing for, enjoying and enduring this special day. We meet Reed Bennett (Ashton Kucher) who begins the morning by proposing to his girlfriend Morley Clarkson (Jessica Alba). Meanwhile Reed’s best friend Julia Fitzpatrick (Jennifer Garner) is falling for married heart surgeon Dr. Harrison Copeland (Patrick Dempsey). Julia’s friend Kara Monahan (Jessica Biel) is planning an ‘I hate Valentine’s Day’ party because she feels she is the only person on the planet who repeatedly spends the day alone.
Kara’s main client, sports star Sean Jackson (Eric
Dane) comes ‘out of the closet’ during the press conference that she organizes
while Kelvin Moore (Jamie Foxx) moves about the city interviewing strangers
about their thoughts on love and Valentine’s Day. He interviews Willy (Taylor
Lautner) and Felicia (Taylor Swift) a very hands-on, affectionate, high school
couple about their relationship. Felicia’s friend Grace (Emma Roberts) and her
boyfriend Alex (Carter Jenkins) are planning to have sex for the first time on
Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile Jason (Topher Grace) learns to appreciate and
understand his new girlfriend Liz (Anne Hathaway) who moonlights from her
office job as a phone sex worker.
A young boy named Edison (Bryce Robison) links many of these stories together as he struggles to understand the meaning of love, the nature of Valentine’s Day and come to terms with the fact that his mom (Julia Roberts) isn’t there to share the holiday with him.
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.
Apart from the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are no scenes in this movie that are likely scare or disturb children under the age of five.
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.
Apart from the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are no scenes in this movie that are likely scare or disturb children aged 5-8.
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.
Nothing of concern
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 of concern
None of concern
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:
Valentine’s Day is a romantic comedy featuring an all-star cast. It is a light hearted film that is likely to be enjoyed by older teenagers, but may attract children because of a cast list which includes Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner.
The main message from this movie is that true love does exist, sometimes where you least expect to find it.
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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