The Kite Runner parents guide

The Kite Runner

Overall B

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, a young boy and his father fled the country. Now an adult and an author, Amir (Khalid Abdullah) returns to his childhood home hoping to find and help old friends.

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

Why is The Kite Runner rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Kite Runner PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language

Run Time: 128 minutes

Read Our Full Review & Parent Discussion Questions Here

The Kite Runner
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is The Kite Runner rated PG-13? The Kite Runner is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language

A young boy’s life in Afghanistan is rocked when older boys rape him (shown without explicit details). Dialogue contains the discussion of other child abuse as well. Children, some of who have amputated limbs, are bullied, beaten or accused of crimes they did not commit. In a sports stadium full of people, a woman is publicly stoned to death, her blood-spattered body dumped into a truck. In two bloody scenes, an adult male is severely beaten and another character is shot in the eye with a slingshot. There are frequent depictions of guns and guards in war zones. Adult characters frequently smoke and drink. Bloody decapitated animal heads are seen lying in the streets. One use of an extreme sexual expletive is used along with infrequent profanities.

Page last updated

The Kite Runner
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated Sexual Violence Involving Minors.
Alberta Not Rated Disturbing Content.
Manitoba Not Rated Not Recommeded for Young Children, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Ontario Not Rated Coarse Language, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

News About "The Kite Runner"

Cast and Crew

The Kite Runner is directed by and stars Khalid Abdalla, Homayon Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Kite Runner movie is March 24, 2008. Here are some details…

DVD Release Date: 25 March 2008

The Kite Runner sails onto DVD with audio commentaries (by director Marc Foster, novel author Khaled Hosseini and screenplay writer David Benioff), three featurettes (Words From The Kite Runner, Images From The Kite Runner and a Public Service Announcement With Khaled Hosseini) and theatrical trailers. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 (English, French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Related home video titles:

In a fashion similar to The Kite Runner, Hotel Rwanda details the atrocities that took place during Rwanda’s genocide and the brave souls who tried to save the lives of many ethnic victims. Following his experience in Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle became involved in bringing public awareness to the war torn region of Sudan in the film Darfur Now.