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Not recommended under 14, PG to 15 (Themes; Coarse language)
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|Children under 14||Not reccommended due to themes and coarse language|
|Children 14 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and coarse language|
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:||Way Way Back, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Way Way Back is a comedy-drama that follows fourteen-year-old Duncan (Liam James) as he goes on summer vacation with his mother Pam (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell). Despite Pam seeing only the good sides of her partner, Trent’s treatment of Duncan causes the teenager to escape their beach house whenever possible.
After riding his bike into town one day, Duncan comes across the local water park where he meets the eccentric and amusingly irresponsible Owen (Sam Rockwell), the owner of Water Wizz. Owen takes Duncan under his wing, hiring him as a helper and providing him solace from the neglect and mistreatment he experiences at home. Gradually, Duncan comes out of his shell, forming deep friendships with Owen, other staff members at the water park, as well as a young girl named Susanna (Anna Sophia Robb).
Duncan’s dislike of Trent is eventually revealed to be completely justified when Pam discovers that Trent has been unfaithful to her. Although it seems that Pam forgives him initially, the film ends with Pam choosing her son over her relationship with Trent. Despite needing to leave his newfound friendships behind, Duncan has his mother back and has grown into a young man with self-confidence and a sense of his own worth
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.
Personal growth; relationships; infidelity
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 scene, there is nothing in this film likely to scare children in this age group
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 may be upset by the way Duncan is treated, for example:
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.
Children in this age group may also be upset by the way Duncan is treated by his mother and Trent
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
None of concern
There are a few sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some sexual activity and partial nudity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is a significant amount of coarse language in the film, including:
The Way Way Back is a satisfying, heart-warming coming-of-age story. The film follows Duncan as he changes from an awkward, insecure fourteen-year-old boy into a young adult with confidence and self-assurance. Owen is integral in shaping Duncan’s transformation, as he teaches him to follow his own path in life and to try and not worry about what other people think of him. Duncan progressively realises that he is capable of far more than he could have possibly imagined, and that life has much more to offer than he previously thought. The story has interest for teens, but its themes and coarse language make it unsuitable for under 14s.
The main messages in the film are:
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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