The Saratov Approach parents guide

The Saratov Approach

Kidnappers take two missionaries hostage in hopes of a ransom

Overall A-

While serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormon Church) in Saratov, Russia, two young men (played by Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson) are kidnapped and held for ransom. This movie is based on a true story.

Release date January 28, 2014

Violence C
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use C+

Why is The Saratov Approach rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Saratov Approach PG-13 for some violence.

Run Time: 101 minutes

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The Saratov Approach
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Saratov Approach rated PG-13? The Saratov Approach is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some violence.

Violence: Characters are subjected to death threats, guns held to their heads, chocking, as well as beatings with sticks and fists. The film contains depictions of men being hit with glass and heavy objects. Characters are handcuffed, gagged and blindfolded with adhesive tape, and help captive. Bruises are seen on faces. A parent breaks into inconsolable sobs after hearing bad news.

Sexual Content: An unwed, pregnant woman is mentioned.

Language: Verbal threats are uttered. No profanity noted.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A character drinks alcohol and offers it to others. A man is shown smoking, and another begs for a cigarette after his wife tries to force him to break the habit. Dirty medical syringes are seen. Characters wonder if some fruit juice is fermented.

Other: Frequent depictions of people praying.

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The Saratov Approach
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta PG Violence.
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
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Cast and Crew

The Saratov Approach is directed by Garrett Batty and stars Corbin Allred, Maclain Nelson, Nikita Bogolyubov, Alex Veadov.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Saratov Approach movie is April 4, 2014. Here are some details…

The Saratov Approach releases to home video (blu-ray or DVD) on April 4, 2014. There are no special features included with the disc.

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Mormon missionaries, and some of the struggles they face, are also depicted in The Other Side Of Heaven and God’s Army.