2008 PG-13 1h 47m DVD


2008 PG-13 1h 47m DVD
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In this well-crafted drama based on a true story, a dark-skinned girl born to white Afrikaner parents faces deep-seated prejudice in the era of apartheid. Rejected by blacks and whites alike, she struggles to find a sense of identity.
Onida Cowan, Sophie Okonedo, Ben Botha, Sam Neill, Hannes Brummer, Terri Ann Eckstein, Lauren Das Neves, Tony Kgoroge, Alice Krige, Ella Ramangwane
Anthony Fabian
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Skin is a complicated drama about racial politics and family relationships that follows a girl born to white parents but who has a dark complexion and black features. Set in South Africa during apartheid, the film deals with heavy and complicated themes that younger children may not quite grasp. But teens will appreciate the message -- that identity is much more than just skin deep. Expect scenes of explicit bigotry and some racially motivated violence.

Sexual Content

A half-dressed man caresses a fully clothed woman. Lovers are shown lounging in bed under covers, their shoulders bare.


Several disturbing scenes of bigotry. A teacher uses corporal punishment in the classroom. A man arms himself with a gun to protect his family. A child rubs bleach all over herself in an attempt to make her skin whiter. A mother slaps her daughter. A man fires a gun at another man, who is later beaten by cops. A ritual involves cutting a baby's skin. A man breaks a car window and menacingly touches his wife. Cops ransack and raze a village. A man beats his wife.


A man calls a woman a "bitch" after she resists his unwanted advances.

Social Behavior

The movie offers the powerful message that strength can be found from within. But it also suggests that while parents may be well-meaning, they don't always do the right thing and are sometimes too weak to fight an entrenched, unjust society.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A man drinks beer at home.

  • 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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