Ben-Hur 2016 parents guide

Ben-Hur 2016

The epic 1959 movie Ben-Hur gets a remake in 2016.

Overall A-

Move over Charlton Heston! Jack Huston is now starring in the title role of Ben-Hur, in this remake of the 1959 classic.The story follows a falsely accused Jewish nobleman (Huston) who questions his plans for vengeance after he meets Jesus Christ.

Release date August 19, 2016

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

Why is Ben-Hur 2016 rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Ben-Hur 2016 PG-13 for sequences of violence and disturbing images.

Run Time: 124 minutes

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Ben-Hur 2016
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Ben-Hur 2016 rated PG-13? Ben-Hur 2016 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and disturbing images.

Violence: Violent portrayals are frequent in this tale of Roman oppression and Jewish rebellion. Bows and arrows, swords, spears, knives and catapults are used as weapons in large battles and local fights. Characters are shot with arrows, flogged with whips, covered in burning tar, manhandled, imprisoned and forced into slavery. Many of these atrocities are depicted with some blood and detail. Others disturbing incidents are described verbally. Galley slaves are chained to their boat, beaten by their masters and crushed, burned and drowned during a sea battle. Ships ram one another until they are broken into pieces. Competitors and some innocent spectators at a chariot race are smashed against walls, thrown from their vehicles and run over by horses. Deaths and bloody injuries result. Horses also suffer injury and death from this sport. Characters are threatened at knife point. Characters suffering from a terminal illness are seen with disfiguring sores. Many gory or drowned corpses are seen. Characters are crucified and their bruised and broken bodies are shown hanging on crosses. A character is stabbed by a spear and blood gushes from his wound. Crowds riot.

Sexual Content: Couples embrace and kiss. A married couple is shown in bed together (his shoulders are bare). A woman’s dress is torn during a scuffle with soldiers and her back is exposed. The abuse of women is briefly mentioned. Several male characters are covered only by loin cloths. Selling sex for money is implied.

Language: Terms of deity are infrequently used as expletives.

Alcohol/Drug Use: Wine is drunk in social settings and for celebrations. Guests at a house party are shown drinking – some to excess. It is implied one character is suffering from a hangover.

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Ben-Hur 2016
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta PG Violence, Not Recommended For Young Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children.
Quebec G Not Recommended For Young Children.
Martimes PG
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Cast and Crew

Ben-Hur 2016 is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Sofia Black-D'Elia.

This film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Ben-Hur 2016 movie is December 13, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Ben-Hur
Release Date: 13 December 2016
Ben-Hur releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD) with the following bonus features:
- Ben-Hur: The Legacy
- The Epic Cast
- A Tale for Our Times
- The Chariot Race
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Music Videos

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This movie is a remake of the classic 1959 epic, Ben-Hur. Other tales featuring Jesus include, The Bible: The Epic Mini-Series, Son of God and The Robe.

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