Children's Mental Health Week
This Children’s Mental Health Week we’re spotlighting some films that celebrate you being, well, you! This year the theme is ‘Express Yourself’ and these films, picked by our Compliance Officers and rated U, PG and 12A/12, all portray characters who are discovering what it means to be themselves. Which one will you pick for your next movie night?
Very mild threat
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
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Very mild threat in several scenes where characters have to avoid danger, including where the ground is falling away beneath them, and a scene where they have to avoid a slightly scary clown character. These sequences are quickly resolved.
There are some sad moments, but the overall message of the film emphasises that sadness is an important and essential emotion and that it is normal to feel sad sometimes. The character Anger mentions several times that he knows 'a curse word' but we never hear him say it. Bad language is very mild and includes the terms 'sucker', 'what the heck' and 'moron'.
Mild fantasy violence, very mild bad language
The Lego Movie is an animated children's film about an ordinary construction worker who must join forces with the Lego Master Builders to save his world from the evil plans of President Business.
There are lots of fight sequences in which the good characters take on various baddies, including Lego robots and Lego skeletons. The Lego figures kick and punch at each other, while leaping around in fantastical style. Very few of the blows are clearly seen to land and all the action involves toy figures rather than humans. Occasionally the heads of the Lego figures pop off during fights, and one character's head is knocked off by a flying coin but continues to talk to his friends. Other sequences have science fiction space ships and robots shooting laser beams at others, causing explosions and crashes. No one is seen to get hurt and the fact that all the fighting involves animated toy figures means that the fantasy nature of the violence is very clear.
There is some very mild bad language, with uses of 'butt', 'bum', 'darn' and 'heck'.
Mild threat, violence
Coco is is a US children's animation in which a boy searches for his musical hero in the Land of the Dead.
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Characters are chased, panic and occasionally despair. A character is frightened when he meets skeletons in a graveyard. These sequences are brief and reassurance is swift.
A character is poisoned by a villain. Another is crushed by a heavy object, without detail. There are sequences of fantasy fights, but these are comic in nature.
The death of loved ones is a theme of the film.
Bad language is very mild ('jerk').
Brief bloody images
He Named Me Malala is a documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot and seriously injured by the Taliban, who has since become a potent advocate for the education of girls and the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Archive footage showing a puddle of blood and a piece of bloodied cloth on a street accompanies a reference to the Taliban shooting people in a square. There is then relatively undetailed sight of a body in the back of a pickup truck. Another sequence shows the bus in which Malala and her friends were shot. There is blood on some of the seats, together with streaks of blood on the outside of the bus.
Other issues include verbal accounts of the shooting and the injuries suffered by Malala, together with undetailed footage of her first in the operating theatre and then undergoing physiotherapy as she embarks on the road to recovery.
Mild bad language, violence, scenes of emotional upset
Wonder is a US drama in which a boy with facial disfigurements struggles to fit in at a mainstream school.
Mild bad language includes uses of 'crap', 'jerk', 'buttface' and 'God'.
Altercations between youngsters contain undetailed kicks and punches. A boy sustains a minor head wound after being pushed over.
There are several scenes depicting characters in distress, including the central character crying about being bullied, falling out with a friend and the death of his dog. Members of his family provide reassurance, and the narrative is ultimately uplifting.
Contains mild language and derogatory terms
Taare Zameen Par - Every Child Is Special is a Hindi language drama with English subtitles about an eight-year-old boy whose dreamy – and sometimes disruptive – behaviour masks a problem that no-one is aware of until he is sent to boarding school and comes under the influence of an inspirational young art teacher.
There is some use of mild bad language (‘bloody’, ‘shit’, ‘hell’, ‘goddammit’) although this is not spoken by child characters. There is also use of ‘retard’ by a father who is unable to understand that their child is dyslexic.
Mild violence occurs in a fight between two boys that results in some minor injury.
There are scenes in which the child protagonist is seen in a distressed and upset state, including in the aftermath of a fight and when his parents become angry with him.
There is also a scene in which a child is seen handling a firework, although no harm comes to them and the scene is not suggesting playing with fireworks is fun or harmless.
Brief mild threat, violence
The Greatest Showman is a musical drama which tells the story of the showman P.T. Barnum as he creates and develops his circus in New York in the mid-1800s.
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Scenes of mild threat include people running out of a burning building. A man runs back into the building to rescue someone. He escapes with mild injuries just as it collapses, having saved the person's life.
Scenes of violence include bar brawls and punches being exchanged.
There is use of the derogatory term 'spook'. There is also very mild bad language ('Oh my God', 'prig', 'flopdoodle') and a character referring to herself as being born 'out of wedlock'.
There are scenes of alcohol consumption by adults.
Mild bad language, fantasy threat
Soul is a US animated fantasy in which a music teacher is suddenly transported out of his own body and must fight to find his way back to his life.
There is infrequent mild bad language ('crap'), as well as milder terms, such as 'God' and 'butt'.
There are scenes of mild fantasy threat, in which characters find themselves in another realm that controls life and death. The main protagonist dies, but this is comically presented, without any detail of injury, and he is immediately transformed into a colourful blob-like state. Other scenes contain darker blob-like beings, which initially appear threatening, but do not bring about any harm. There is also a scene in which a character is surrounded by looming figures who make belittling comments but the emphasis is on the resourcefulness of the protagonist to help rescue them both.
Infrequent strong language, eating disorder references
I Am Greta is a Swedish documentary which follows the life of the young climate activist Greta Thunberg.
There is infrequent strong langauge ('f**k').
There are scenes in which a teenage girl and her parents discuss a period when she became unwell from not eating properly. In another sequence, a father insists that her daughter take a break from a large protest in order to eat something.
Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a US drama in which an introverted freshman has difficulties settling in at his new school and making friends.
Moderate sex references, language, discrimination
The Prom is a musical comedy in which a group of Broadway performers visit a small Indiana town to support a teenager who has been excluded from her school prom because of her sexuality.
A girl is repeatedly subjected to bullying and unfair treatment because of her sexuality, though this is not condoned by the film. In one scene, she finds two toys in her locker, posed in a sexualised position, with a note that says 'Hello, my name is LEZ'. In another, she is referred to as a 'lesbo'.
There is moderate bad language ('bitch'), as well as mild terms such as 'shit', 'piss', 'ass', 'crap', 'God', 'hell', 'damn' and 'balls'.
There is a verbal reference to masturbation, and a use of the term 'MILF'.
Moderate violence, discrimination theme, sex references, strong language
Freak Show is a US comedy drama in which an eccentric teenager struggles to find acceptance at his conservative high school.
A teenage boy is attacked by a gang of bullies, leaving him unconscious with streaks of blood on his face. In a later scene, two teens get into a brief fistfight.
The main character is verbally and physically abused by his classmates, who use homophobic slurs (e.g. 'faggot', 'queer', 'homo', 'fudge-packer') and hurl projectiles at him in the school hallway. However, the film carries a resolutely anti-discrimination message.
There is a scene in which it is implied a teenage boy has an erection in gym class, which causes him embarrassment. There are also references to anal sex.
There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), alongside milder terms like 'prick', 'bitch', 'dick', 'asshole', 'crap' and 'pissed'.
There is also an isolated reference to self-harm when a girl is described as 'a cutter for Christ'. An older character is depicted as being an alcoholic, and there is a reference to abortion.