Picture from Whale Rider
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
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Talk to your kids about…

Whale Rider

The role of chief comes with privileges and many obligations. Why did Porourangi hesitate to take on the responsibility of leading the people? Did Pai believe in her abilities despite the treatment she received from others? Is leadership inherent or hereditary?

Small communities are sometimes plagued with a lack of opportunities and jobs for residents. What issues did the people in Koro’s village face? How did Porourangi find career success? Are there ways for floundering populations to develop options for their own people?

What expectations or traditions are important to your family? Are there skills or customs you have learned from your parents or grandparents? Will you pass them on to the next generation?