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Nothing of significance has happened for a long time in the life of Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins). However, that changes when the dusty economics professor makes a trip to New York City and enters an apartment he has kept for years, but seldom visited. Inside he finds two squatters, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira). His simple, charitable decision to let the couple to stay, rather than evicting them to the streets, proves to be a new beginning for the old man.
Why Is The Visitor Rated PG-13?
The Visitor is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
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Providing an enlightening example of how helping others allows us to improve our own lives, The Visitor also offers a perspective on the plight of immigrants to America. Content issues for parents are relatively few. A short scuffle between two men trying to protect each other results in two sexual expletives and a couple of scatological profanities. Other profanity is heard later in the script along with two terms of Deity used as expletives. A man who is suspected of being an illegal immigrant is arrested and detained by police. Characters are seen socially drinking in some scenes.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Invite this Visitor home on DVD. Along with a widescreen presentation of the film, the disc includes an audio commentary (with director Tom McCarthy and actor Richard Jenkins), deleted scenes and two featurettes (Playing the Djembe and The Visitor: An Inside Look). Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital (English).