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Still shot from the movie: Persepolis.

Persepolis

Growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution of the 1970s, Marjane Satrapi (voice of Chiara Mastroianni) becomes increasingly rebellious over the new limits on her freedom. Hoping for a better life, the teen is sent to an Austrian boarding school by her parents (voices of Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian)--but the culture shock proves equally difficult for the young immigrant. This animated movie is based on the semi-autobiographical graphic novels of Marjane Satrapi. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Theater Release: 31 Jan 2008
Video Release: 23 Jun 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Persepolis Rated PG-13?


Political unrest and war are the backdrops for this animated film that includes repeated portrayals of shootings, bombings, executions, torture and oppression. Using cutting humor to deal with her circumstances, Marjane occasionally finds herself in trouble after accusing nuns of prostitution, defying political conventions by purchasing Western items on the black market and speaking out in school. Becoming sexually active as a teen, Marjane also faces rejection after one boyfriend declares he is now a confirmed homosexual and another is discovered in bed with a new woman. Illegal drug use by teens, smoking and drinking are shown. Frequent profanities (including a strong sexual expletive and hand gesture) and a number of sexual discussions concerning male anatomy are also in the script, along with some irreverent references to Deity. As well, a character deals with depression, prescription drug use and an attempted suicide.

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