Lion parents guide

Lion

No matter how far away, the heart still longs for home.

Overall A

As a five-year-old, Saroo (Sunny Pawer) was lost from his family in India. Adopted by an Australian couple (played by Nicole Kidman and David Denham), the boy grew to a man (now played by Dev Patel), yet the memories of his first family still haunted him. Against all odds, he now sets out to find his way back to his childhood home.

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

Why is Lion rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Lion PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality.

Run Time: 120 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Lion rated PG-13? Lion is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic material and some sensuality.

Violence:
Children risk injury when they climb aboard a moving train and steal coal. Brief non-graphic violence. A lost child is depicted as frightened, hungry and alone. Men chase and capture homeless children sleeping in a train station. Children are hit by and narrowly escape being hit by fast-moving vehicles. A child steals food and eats scraps of garbage. Authority figures are depicted as unhelpful. Adults take advantage of a child’s vulnerability and trust when they promise help but appear to have other motives (these are never clearly explained but human trafficking, slavery and sex trade work seem to be possibilities). A corpse is seen. An orphanage appears crowed and dirty, and disruptive children are treated unkindly. An emotionally disturbed child fights with caring adults. Parents deal with sorrow because of their children’s decisions.

Sexual Content:
An unmarried couple kiss and embrace passionately, are shown in bed partially dressed (sexual relations are implied) and live together. A boy’s bare chest is seen when he takes a bath.

Profanity:
Terms of deity are used as expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters are seen smoking. Alcohol is drunk in social settings and parties, as well as by characters who are distressed and worried. It is implied a character is dealing with drug and alcohol addictions.

Other:
Holy men and pilgrims worship at the shrine of a god.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia G
Alberta PG Not Recommended for Young Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Subtitled, Tobacco Use.
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
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News About "Lion"

Cast and Crew

Lion is directed by Garth Davis and stars Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel .

This movie is based on A Long Walk Home, by Saroo Brierley.

Home Video

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Dev Patel also stars in Slumdog Millionaire, the tale of another Indian orphan. The biblical story of Moses (depicted in The Ten Commandments and Prince of Egypt) tells of a child separated from his birth family and raised by a different one. Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist features a street boy who eventually finds his real grandfather.

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