Drama


Storm Boy


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
99 mins
Stars:
Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Trevor Jamieson, Morgana Davies, Finn Little
Director:
Shawn Seet
Producer:
Michael Boughen, Matthew Street

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


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Language


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Violence


hunters shoot and kill birds; dead birds with blood are seen; a hunter briefly threatens a character with a shotgun.

Drugs


occasional mild drinking

Nudity


No Information

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

When Michael Kingley’s granddaughter Maddy rebels against her father, he’s forced to act to prevent her going down a painful path, similar to one he took years earlier. He tells her of his formative experience, when, as "Storm Boy," he lived a lonely existence with his father Hideaway Tom on the isolated Coorong, South Australia, and formed a bond with an orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival, that changed his life forever. Based on the popular novel by Colin Thiele.


Movie Message

Storm Boy tells a simple story remarkably well by carefully capturing and distilling the ebb and flow of regret throughout the film. Early in the film we find that Michael’s stoic father lives in a constant state of deep regret because of a family tragedy he could have prevented. His relationship with Michael suffers as he pursues drinking instead of healing. Soon, a lonely Michael rescues an orphaned pelican he names Mr. Percival and finds great joy in caring for it. In the process of raising the bird, Michael and his dad grow closer. However, in the midst of their happiness, tragedy strikes again, and Michael angrily abandons his relationship with his father—something he deeply regretted later in life. Many years later, Michael tells this unusual story to his granddaughter in hopes that she won’t make the same mistake. The film ends with hope as Michael’s granddaughter is encouraged to repair her relationship with her own father.

Storm Boy is set in Australia, and both the past and present storylines within the film deal with similar themes of conservation. I suppose that the film could be called an environmental drama, but unlike many films in this genre, it does so much more than simply push an agenda for environmentalism's sake. Rather, Storm Boy speaks of good stewardship, not only of the natural world, but of relationships and ideals as well. It speaks of building deep connections with nature and others that are profoundly rewarding rather than practicing good stewardship solely to avoid negative consequences. It’s a different more powerful kind of environmentalism that stems from personal transformation.

The Dove Take:

Storm Boy is a deeply touching film about holistic stewardship that shows characters in an intimate light as they learn how to protect what they love.

For All Ages

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