The Beautiful Country

2004 R 1h 47m DVD

The Beautiful Country

2004 R 1h 47m DVD
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Looking to find a better life -- and his estranged American father -- a shy Vietnamese man in his 20s embarks on a personal journey with a beautiful young woman aboard a refugee ship bound for the United States.
Damien Nguyen, Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, Bai Ling, Temuera Morrison, Dang Quoc Thinh Tran, Thi Kim Xuan Chau, Thi Hoa Mai, Chapman To, Thu An Nguyen, Xuan Phuc Dins, Ka Duy Pham, Minh Trang Ngo, Tang Vu, Thu Anh
Hans Petter Moland
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

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.

Sexual Content

Prostitute's actions are not visible, but explicitly referenced.


A murder, beatings, harsh conditions for refugees and illegal immigrants.



Social Behavior

Exploitative traffickers in immigrants, a murderer eludes punishment.


Discussions of U.S. products (Clint Eastwood, NBA, Folgers coffee, etc.)

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink, smoke, do drugs.

  • 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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