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Whale Rider

2003 PG-13 1h 41m DVD

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Whale Rider

2003 PG-13 1h 41m DVD
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A Maori tribe must contend with the distinctly nontraditional concept of having a female leader when the intended heir to the throne dies during childbirth, leaving his twin sister, Paikea, to prove herself in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
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 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Whale Rider has some tense family confrontations. The death of a mother and baby in childbirth is very sad. A character is injured but ultimately recovers. There's brief strong language regarding female and male genitalia. Characters drink and smoke, and there's a brief drug reference (a bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia are shown). The movie presents a minority culture with great dignity and respect, and the theme of equality is exceptionally well handled. Despite her youth, heroine Pai demonstrates extraordinary strength of character as she learns all that the next leader of her people must learn, trying to keep it secret from her disapproving grandfather. The grandfather hurtfully dismisses her but comes to accept her and the idea that a female can lead.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

The story begins with the death of a mother and baby in childbirth. Agonized faces and moans are on display, but no gore. Beached whales die despite the efforts of the Maori to save them. No blood is shown. Boys are taught traditional fighting techniques. The leader is hit in a training fight and praises the boy who hits him. A character appears to have died by drowning.

Language

Reference to female genitalia. During a tribal training session, the leader promises that boys' "d--ks" will fall off if they don't follow his directions.

Social Behavior

Deep emotional connection to ancestral worship and tribal ways conveyed. Stay true to your culture without slavishly obeying every rule.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult characters drink socially. Some smoke but try to hide it. One vows to quit. An adolescent boy smokes. A bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia are shown.

  • 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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