Pelé: Birth of a Legend

2016 PG 1h 55m DVD

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

2016 PG 1h 55m DVD
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Growing up in Brazil with little money, Edson Arantes do Nascimento -- later known as Pelé -- had a passion for soccer. Blessed with ample talent, at age 17 he led the nation's team to its first World Cup win, recounted in this rags-to-riches biopic.
Mariana Nunes, Seu Jorge, Leonardo Lima Carvalho, Colm Meaney, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Kevin de Paula, Diego Boneta
Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Pele: Birth of a Legend focuses on the childhood and early career of the famed Brazilian soccer star, who's often called the greatest of all time. Shot entirely in Pele's homeland, the movie is an American-produced biopic that explains how he brought his country's unique playing style to the world stage. It's a rags-to-riches story with lots of on-the-field action that will be fun for tween soccer fans and up (even if the story isn't that surprising). There's a little bit of language (along the lines of "damn") and smoking, as well as some bullying and a tragic accident that impacts the main character. But there's also plenty of wholesome athletic joy.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A young boy dies in a freak accident, emotionally scarring the main character. Pele also faces taunting and bullying growing up but eventually learns to overcome them.


Infrequent use of words such as "damn."

Social Behavior

Be true to yourself, even if people in authority are trying to steer you in another direction. Hard work pays off.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some smoking.

  • 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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