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.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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+
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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."


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.


"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.


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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