Picture from Life of Pi
Overall A-

Everything familiar about the life of Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) is lost during a shipwreck. Now the boy finds himself stranded at sea aboard a lifeboat with another survivor of the sunken vessel -- a Bengal tiger.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A
Profanity B+
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.

Talk to your kids about…

Life of Pi

Which version of the story do you believe? Why do you think it is the more likely version of Pi’s experience? Pi asks the visiting writer why his story should have to mean anything. Do you think this story is supposed to have meaning? If so, what do you think it is?

Why is Pi drawn to religion? How does he hope to find meaning in life? How does Pi’s girlfriend and the other young dancers use dance to express their love of God? Why does Pi’s father consider religion to be darkness?

What does the Patel’s family experience with the cook on the ship reveal about their standing in society in India? What cultural and societal adjustments do immigrants have to make when they movie to a new country?

What things does Pi’s father teach him about animals? How does that knowledge help him deal with the tiger?

This movie is based on the novel The Life of Pi by Yann Martel.