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Still shot from the movie: Paradise Now.

Paradise Now

Growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman) agreed to die as martyrs if ever they are asked. When the request comes, the young men are forced to seriously consider their promise and to decide what they are willing to live or die for. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 27 Oct 2005
Video Release: 20 Mar 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Paradise Now Rated PG-13?


Although this movie is about a highly violent act—choosing to be a suicide bomber—it has no violence on screen, except for a tussle that results in a bleeding nose. Language includes a sexual expletive and a few other profanities, all in subtitles (and assumedly spoken in the film’s foreign dialogue). However, this film creates a high amount of tension and deals with obvious mature themes. Finally, characters smoke cigarettes and a traditional water pipe (of which the contents are unknown).

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