Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Reluctant Fundamentalist's heavy themes -- including alienation, discrimination, terrorism (or the threat of it), economics, and geopolitical strife -- may minimize its appeal to teens. There's also some edgy/intense content, including kidnapping, shootings, demonstrations, and moments where violent pictures (like one of a man's face beaten to a pulp, his throat slashed) appear. There's also some swearing, including "s--t," social drinking, and sexuality (kissing, a couple rolling around in bed, with naked shoulders seen).
A couple is shown rolling around in bed, ostensibly naked, though viewers don't see much beyond bare shoulders. Some passionate kissing. Characters talk about sex.
A man is kidnapped at gunpoint. Images of the Twin Towers being struck by planes are shown. A demonstration erupts, ending in gunfire. Soldiers and civilians are shown brandishing automatic weapons. Characters take pictures with their phones showing a man with his throat slit.
Fairly infrequent use of "ass," "s--t," "damn," and the like.
Sometimes, life takes you down roads you didn't mean to traverse. Decide whether you want to be on them -- though switching directions may not be easy and may require a lot of self-examination. The film also tackles weighty issues related to politics, identity, discrimination, and terrorism.
A man's iPhone keeps showing up in various scenes. Other brands seen include Sex and the City and Canon cameras.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Social drinking (parties, mostly).