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Not recommended under 13; parental guidance recommended to 15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes 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:||Winter's Tale|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence and sex scene|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Winter’s Tale is a romantic drama which takes place across two different time zones: 1916 and the present-day in New York. It follows the journey of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a skilful thief who fell out of favour with his old boss Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) for not utilising the violent methods he had taught him. Pearly is a demonic creature inhabiting a human form – he works for Lucifer (Will Smith) to undermine the potential for miracles occurring on earth, destroying happiness and hope whenever he can.
While Peter is preparing to leave New York to escape Pearly and his henchmen, fate leads him to meet a beautiful young redheaded woman named Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). Beverly is dying of tuberculosis and has limited time to live but she fall madly in love with one another. Although the two are able to hide from the demonic Pearly for some time, he eventually catches up with them, poisoning and murdering Beverly. The distraught Peter is then captured and apparently killed by Pearly himself.
Peter wakes up decades later in modern day New York, without any memory of his identity or how he came to be there. As snippets of memory resurface in Peter’s consciousness, he comes to realise that the miracle he was destined to be part of was not to save Beverly, but that she was his miracle. She allowed him to survive through the power of her love, giving him the opportunity to save a young girl dying of cancer in contemporary New York.
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.
Terminal illness; good versus evil; destiny; miracles and magic
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 film, 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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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 disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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 be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern
None of concern
There is minimal nudity and sexual activity in this film:
There is minimal use of substances in this film:
There is minimal coarse language in this film:
Winter’s Tale is a heart-warming story about destiny, magic and love. The film focuses on the notion of humans all being part of a larger plan, wherein each person carries a miracle and a unique purpose to fulfil within their life and no one life is any more important than another. The movie also emphasises the power of love, the devastation of illness, and the ability of an individual to conquer evil when they muster the determination and courage necessary to do so.
The film is likely to be enjoyed by older teens but there are violent and scary scenes and themes which are likely to disturb under 13s and some slightly older children.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the consequences of long-term and terminal illnesses upon the individual as well as their family and friends.
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