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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Overall B

Eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) befriends an unusual kid about his age (Jack Scanlon) living on the other side of a fence behind his home. But what the innocent child doesn't realize is that The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is actually a Jewish youngster being held in a concentration camp overseen by Bruno's father, a Nazi Commandant (David Thewlis).

Release date November 7, 2008

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

Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Boy in the Striped Pajamas PG-13 for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust.

Run Time: 85 minutes

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Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas rated PG-13? The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust.

This fictional film deals with issues surrounding the Jewish Holocaust and how two young boys—one German and one Jewish—may have perceived what was happening around them. Discussions about the rounding up of Jews and their extermination are heard. Smoke billows in the air from the crematoriums at an extermination camp. While no explicit images are seen, a Jewish boy and man are beaten off screen—the boy’s injuries are later shown, while the man dies. People are herded into a shower room and ordered to disrobe, after which they are gassed to death—no explicit nudity is seen, and the scene fades to black as the gas is turned on. A young teen girl is romantically attracted to a soldier. Social drinking is seen and cigarette smoking is portrayed.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence.
Alberta PG Mature Themes, Disturbing Content.
Manitoba PG Mature Theme, Disturbing Content. -----
Ontario 14A Mature Theme. Disturbing Content.
Quebec G Not recommend for young children.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"

Cast and Crew

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is directed by and stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas movie is March 10, 2009. Here are some details…

Release Date: 10 March 2009

Meet The Boy in the Striped Pajamas with this DVD release. Bonus extras include an audio commentary by writer/director Mark Herman and author John Boyne, deleted scenes (with optional commentary) and the featurette Friendship Beyond the Fence. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), with subtitles in Spanish.

 

Related home video titles:

A father tries to shield his son from the horrors of the Holocaust in the film Life is Beautiful. A child escapes from a concentration camp in I Am David. A group of students attempt to grasp the magnitude of the genocide that occurred during World War II in the documentary Paper Clips.

This movie is based on a novel written by John Boyne. You can find his book (also called The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) at your local library or bookstore.

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