A Hologram for the King

2016 R 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD

A Hologram for the King

2016 R 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD
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Teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, U.S. businessman Alan Clay tries to reverse his fortunes by landing a lucrative contract in Saudi Arabia. As Alan attempts to navigate his way through an unfamiliar culture, he unexpectedly finds romance.
Cast
Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Whishaw, Tom Skerritt
Director
Tom Tykwer
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Hologram for the King, which is based on Dave Eggers' same-named novel, chronicles the life of a depressed salesman (Tom Hanks) who's trying to stay upbeat enough to make a killing on a sales trip to Saudi Arabia. Alcohol is officially forbidden there, but many overindulge in black-market drinks -- and the salesman pays the price with hangovers. He has one alcohol-fueled sexual encounter (no nudity) but is ultimately unable to perform; in another scene he has sex with another woman who swims topless. Expect to hear the words "s--t" and "a--hole"; one scene implies cocaine use, and there's a bloody beating.

Sexual Content

Drunk adults in bathing suits/with shirts off kiss and embrace at a party. A woman takes off her dress (no graphic nudity) and throws herself on a man, but he can't complete the sex act. A woman swims underwater wearing only swimming trunks. A man and woman have sex; passionate kissing is shown. A driver refers to a married man who "has sex with boys."

Violence

Several men beat someone; some blood is seen. Men set out to hunt wolves, but none are shot. Armed rebellion is discussed. Alan tries to lance a growth on his back; blood is seen on his sheets.

Language

"S--t," "a--hole."

Social Behavior

Even when a situation seems at its worst, there's still a chance it all can improve. So you might as well keep trying.

Consumerism

Starbucks, KFC, and Schwinn bicycles are all mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcohol is against the law in Saudi Arabia, but many adults are shown drinking wine, beer, and liquor to excess. Hangovers. Cigarette smoking. The camera passes through a room in which a man is seen snorting what's presumably cocaine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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