Miss Bala parents guide

Miss Bala Parent Guide

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Release date February 1, 2019

Gloria, a young make up artist from Los Angeles visits a friend in Tijuana. When the friend goes missing, GLoria tries to find her, only to get kidnapped by a drug cartel which forces her to smuggle laundered money across the border. Caught between the drug cartel's leader and the DEA, Gloria is forced to make choices between potentially deadly options.

Why is Miss Bala rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Miss Bala PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language

Run Time: 104 minutes

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Miss Bala
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Miss Bala rated PG-13? Miss Bala is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language

- Several scenes of violence depicting weapons, physical assault and/or injury

Sexual Content:
- Infrequent references to sexual violence and human trafficking

- Approximately 12 instances of coarse and/or sexual language
- One use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context

Alcohol / Drug Use:
- Infrequent portrayals of alcohol and illegal substance use in a recreational context

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Read books about Miss Bala

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, award winning non-fiction book by journalist Sam Quinones tells the story of how out of control prescribing of narcotic painkillers and an influx of Mexican heroin combined to create the current drug epidemic ravaging the American Mid-West.

Also in the non-fiction genre, Tom Wainwright’s Narco-Economics: How to Run a Drug Cartel explains how drug cartels have used mainstream business strategies to create lucrative financial empires.

News About "Miss Bala"

Miss Bala is based on a 2011 Mexican film of the same name. In the original film, a young woman and her family are kidnapped by a drug cartel: the woman is forced to work as a courier for the cartel with her family used as hostages for her cooperation. This film was based on a true story involving the Miss Sinaloa for 2008 who was arrested in a vehicle with gang members and weapons. The Mexican film was released at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it was well received.

Cast and Crew

Miss Bala is directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, and Thomas Dekker.

Home Video

Related home video titles:

The Mule tells the story of a senior citizen who voluntarily becomes involved with a drug cartel, in this case as a “mule” delivering drugs. This Restricted film is suitable for adults who like the genre and are prepared for some violent content.

In The Snitch, a father goes undercover in a drug cartel to find the criminals whose nefarious activities landed his son in jail.