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Whale Rider

Despite the hardships and disappointments in her life, one young Maori girl becomes a pivotal force in changing the traditions and mindsets of her struggling tribe. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Whale Rider Rated PG-13?


Overall: A-

Despite the hardships and disappointments in her life, one young Maori girl becomes a pivotal force in changing the traditions and mindsets of her struggling tribe.

Violence: B

Father and son argue. Boy hits man with a stick. Man yells at children.

Sexual Content: B

Woman is pregnant outside of marriage. Threats are made about male body part falling off. Girl’s bare back is shown in bathtub.

 

Language: C

Contains at least 6 moderate and 2 mild profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C-

Adults pre-teen are shown smoking. Women hide signs of their smoking. Adults drink on several occasions. Adults try to cover evidence of illegal drug use.

 

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Mother and baby die during childbirth. Adult treats child harshly and with contempt on several occasions. Character suffers from depression  

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