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Overall A-

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.

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B-
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity.

Why is The First Grader rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: The First Grader is rated PG-13 for for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity.

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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.

The First Grader
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence.
Alberta 14A Disturbing Content.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence
Ontario PG Not Recommended For Young Children.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
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