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Still shot from the movie: The Visitor.

The Visitor

Nothing of significance has happened for a long time in the life of Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins). However, that changes when the dusty economics professor makes a trip to New York City and enters an apartment he has kept for years, but seldom visited. Inside he finds two squatters, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira). His simple, charitable decision to let the couple to stay, rather than evicting them to the streets, proves to be a new beginning for the old man. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Theater Release: 17 Apr 2008
Video Release: 06 Oct 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How is Walter’s life changed after his involvement with the three people he meets in New York City? Is his life better or worse after the experience? How can reaching out to others affect the way we tackle our own problems and discouragements?

Walter admits to Zainab that he has never been to see the Statue of Liberty. How does this conversation represent Walter’s appreciation for freedom versus Zainab’s? When is the last time you considered the opportunities available to you in your country?

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