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Not recommended under 15 due to adult themes, sex scenes and violence
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to adult themes, sex scenes and violence|
|Viewers 15 and over||OK for this age group, but with issues that parents may wish to discuss with children.|
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:||Wonder Wheel|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, sex scenes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Wonder Wheel is the name of a fun fair on Coney Island in New York City in the 1950’s. Mickey (Justin Timberlake) is a lifeguard on the island who tells the sad story of Humpty (Jim Belushi), the manager of the carousel, and his tragic wife Ginny (Kate Winslett). Ginny was a former actress with great hopes for the future but made the mistake of having an affair with her co-star, which led to her husband leaving her. Left on her own to bring up her son Richie (Jack Gore), Ginny had a nervous breakdown which ended her acting career. She got work as a waitress in a café on Coney Island where she met Humpty, whom she felt saved her from being a lonely single mother.
Humpty, however, is a former alcoholic, who occasionally lapses back into drinking with violent results. Richie has his own problems because he doesn’t know who his real father is and hates Humpty who beats him when he gets angry. Consequently, Richie is a pyromaniac, constantly getting into trouble for lighting fires. Ginny, who also secretly drinks to help her cope, bumps into Mickey one day while walking along the beach. Mickey identifies her as a vulnerable woman and starts an affair with her. Ginny falls madly in love with Mickey and sees him as the way out of her predicament.
Then Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s beautiful young daughter turns up. Humpty and Carolina haven’t spoken for over five years because she married a gangster against Humpty’s wishes. Now she has realised the error of her ways, but is a marked woman in the gangster world. When Mickey meets Carolina, he instantly falls in love with her and Ginny is very jealous. This growing attraction between Mickey and Carolina causes Ginny to behave in increasingly bizarre and irrational ways and ultimately leads to her downfall.
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.
Adultery and infidelity; mental health issues and threatened suicide; alcoholism: gangsters
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.
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.
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.
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Wonder Wheel is a dark drama about flawed characters and their complicated lives. It is very intense and covers some heavy subjects including adulterous relationships and mental health issues. It is a very well told story in typical Woody Allen style, held together by the brilliant acting.
The title and PG rating may suggest to parents that the film is OK for children. Although much is spoken about rather than played out on the screen, the themes in particular make it a movie for adults and it is not recommended for children under 15.
This movie raises a number of issues that parents may wish to discuss with older children, such as;
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