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The First Grader

In this biographical drama, 84-year-old Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo) intends to prove it is never too late to learn. So he takes advantage of the Kenyan government's offer to provide free education. However, the authorities only intended to teach children and the old man's presence in the classroom causes controversy. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 16 Jun 2011
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The First Grader Rated PG-13?


Violence: Villagers are beaten, tortured and imprisoned by invading armies. Prisoners are stripped, blasted with water and packed into a small area. A man is forced to watch his wife and children killed. A man has a pencil jabbed into his ear. Another character is hung by his feet and whipped repeatedly. Some bloody injuries are seen briefly. A woman has her child pulled away from her. Characters receive threatening calls and are the victim of some violent acts. A man hits others with a stick. Characters spread lies and throw objects at others.

Sexual Content: Male nudity is seen briefly in a nonsexual context when prisoners are stripped. A couple kisses. Some brief sexual discussions occur.

Language: The script includes only a handful of mild and moderate profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Men repeatedly invite another to come and drink with them. Some secondary characters smoke.

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