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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.
Why Is The Kite Runner Rated PG-13?
The Kite Runner is rated PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language
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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.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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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.