Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie tells a harrowing story of a young Ameriasian's journey from Saigon to Texas. Along the way, he sees his mother sexually harassed by her employer, is involved in an accidental death, is battered, starving, afraid, and loses his young half-brother to illness aboard a ship. His closest friend during the journey is a prostitute, who does her work off screen, but it's obvious what she does. The trip also involves some violence, as the overseer on the ship abuses his "cargo," and the captain shoots a man.
Prostitute's actions are not visible, but explicitly referenced.
A murder, beatings, harsh conditions for refugees and illegal immigrants.
Exploitative traffickers in immigrants, a murderer eludes punishment.
Discussions of U.S. products (Clint Eastwood, NBA, Folgers coffee, etc.)
Drugs / Tobacco /
Characters drink, smoke, do drugs.