Wadjda parents guide


All she wants is a set of wheels to call her own

Overall B+

Ten-years-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) rebels against the customs of her world by wanting to buy a bike -- something only boys are allowed to ride! This foreign film, created by female writer/director Haifaa Al-Mansouris, is shot in Saudi Arabia, with dialogue in the Arabic language and English subtitles.

Release date September 13, 2013

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

Why is Wadjda rated PG? The MPAA rated Wadjda PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.

Run Time: 97 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Wadjda rated PG? Wadjda is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.

Violence: School children are punished by serving detentions (standing outside the classroom in the hot sun) and publicly reprimanded by having their indiscretions announced to the rest of their peers. A young boy teases a girl by stealing her lunch. Characters play a violent video game. A boy verbally threatens a man in a lower social rank. A child falls off a bike and injures her leg. A child speaks disrespectfully to her mother. A character lies.

Sexual Content: Two female students are falsely accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. A man makes a rude sexual remark to a female child. Characters gossip about girls caught with boys who are not family members. A woman tries on a provocative dress. Female menstruation and virginity are mentioned. A young girl shows her classmates pictures of her wedding to a twenty-year-old man. A man considers marrying a second wife.

Language: Characters regularly use the names of Deity in scripture and as colloquial phrases (ie: “God willing”). Infrequent mild profanity is used.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A mother smokes on a couple of occasions.

Other: Characters regularly ignore rules, and do such things as listening to forbidden music, following football teams, spending time with opposite genders who aren’t family members and learning to ride a bike (which only boys are allowed to do).

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
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British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video G

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News About "Wadjda"

Cast and Crew

Wadjda is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and stars Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Wadjda movie is February 11, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Wadjda

Release Date: 11 February 2014

Wadjda releases to home video with the following special features:

- Commentary with Writer/Director Haifaa Al Mansour

- The Making of WADJDA featurette

- Director’s Guild of America Q&A with Haifaa Al Mansour

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