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Still shot from the movie: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) befriends an unusual kid about his age (Jack Scanlon) living on the other side of a fence behind his home. But what the innocent child doesn't realize is that The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is actually a Jewish youngster being held in a concentration camp overseen by Bruno's father, a Nazi Commandant (David Thewlis). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 85
Theater Release: 07 Nov 2008
Video Release: 10 Mar 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Rated PG-13?


This fictional film deals with issues surrounding the Jewish Holocaust and how two young boys—one German and one Jewish—may have perceived what was happening around them. Discussions about the rounding up of Jews and their extermination are heard. Smoke billows in the air from the crematoriums at an extermination camp. While no explicit images are seen, a Jewish boy and man are beaten off screen—the boy’s injuries are later shown, while the man dies. People are herded into a shower room and ordered to disrobe, after which they are gassed to death—no explicit nudity is seen, and the scene fades to black as the gas is turned on. A young teen girl is romantically attracted to a soldier. Social drinking is seen and cigarette smoking is portrayed.

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