Offside

2006 PG 1h 32m DVD

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Offside

2006 PG 1h 32m DVD
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In director Jafar Panahi's offbeat Iranian tale, several girls find themselves arrested after posing as boys to sneak into a soccer stadium to see a key international qualifying match. It's illegal for Iranian women to attend sports events, so the gate-crashers end up in a holding pen waiting for authorities. But a sympathetic guard watching through a peephole describes the action for the girls, who are eager to know what's happening in the game.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
No
Audio
Persian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Iranian dramedy explores the gender inequalities that affect that country's young soccer fans. It moves slowly and comes with subtitles, so younger viewers might be bored. But the story -- girls disguise themselves as boys to enter the stadium, where no women are allowed -- might appeal to teens. When they're discovered, the girls are penned up until a bus arrives to take them to jail. There are discussions of political and legal oppression of women, as well as past demonstrations against the state. Characters (soldiers, a teenage girl and a young boy) smoke cigarettes.

Sexual Content

Ongoing discussions over gender inequality in Iran; girls disguise themselves as boys to get into a soccer match; one girl has to use a men's public bathroom while watched over by a guard.

Violence

Rowdy male fans cause a bus driver to pull over; girls fear being discovered by security guards; once found out, the girls are penned up (one cries); boys begin a fight in the bathroom, pushing and punching; a boy tells story about his father and others hitting him when he was younger (he shows the scar on his head); girl tells the sad story of a male friend killed during a stampede at another match; firecrackers go off during post-match celebration.

Language

Mild profanity (all in subtitles) includes "bastard," "suck," "s--thead," "s--t," "bitch," and "hell." Other phrases include "I'll piss all over myself."

Social Behavior

Girls break the law to attend a soccer game, then bond when they're detained; soldiers reveal their vulnerabilities and uncertainties.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Soldier and young detainees smoke cigarettes.

  • 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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