The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2012 R 2h 8m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2012 R 2h 8m Blu-ray / DVD
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Pakistani professor Changez Khan regales a journalist with his U.S. experiences in the opening scene of this compelling post-9/11 drama. As their chat continues, however, it emerges that Khan has much more on his mind than the past.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2:40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2:40:1
English, 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+
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age 17+

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).

Sexual Content

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.

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

Social drinking (parties, mostly).

  • 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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