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The First Grader

In this biographical drama, 84-year-old Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo) intends to prove it is never too late to learn. So he takes advantage of the Kenyan government's offer to provide free education. However, the authorities only intended to teach children and the old man's presence in the classroom causes controversy. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 16 Jun 2011
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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The First Grader is rated PG-13: for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Oliver Litondo, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Sam Feuer
Studio: 2011 National Geographic Entertainment
Website: Official site for The First Grader.

Detailed Review

When is a person too old to learn? According to teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), it is when your ears are full of soil. Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo) might… 
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Why Is The First Grader Rated PG-13?

Violence: Villagers are beaten, tortured and imprisoned by invading armies. Prisoners are stripped, blasted with… 
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Do you agree with Maruge’s desire to go to school? Was the primary institution the… 
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