Sight parents guide

Sight Parent Guide

It's a refreshing change to see a hero whose superpowers are tenacity, selflessness, and resilience.

Overall A-

Theaters: Based on the true story of Dr. Ming Wang, a Chinese immigrant who became a pioneer in laser eye surgery and helped restore sight to millions of people.

Release date May 24, 2024

Violence C+
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use C+

Why is Sight rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Sight PG-13 for violence and thematic material

Run Time: 100 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Blinded when her stepmother poured sulfuric acid into her eyes, Kajal’s (Mia SwamiNathan) destiny is to become a beggar on the streets of Calcutta. In an act of compassion, local nuns take Kajal to Nashville in the hopes that Dr. Ming Wang (Terry Chen), an ophthalmologist with a reputation for performing miracles, will be able to restore the young girl’s sight.

Dr. Wang faces more than just technical challenges in caring for his young patient. The brilliant eye surgeon is haunted by his past. Growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution, young Ming witnessed horrifying acts of violence and is still scarred by the loss of his dearest friend, Lili (Sara Ye). He hopes that by restoring Kajal’s sight, he will be able to save his long-lost friend from whatever darkness claimed her so many years ago.

Sight is more than it appears to be from its trailer. Yes, it’s a biopic about an exceptional man, but it’s really a meditation on what “sight” means. Is it the physical act of seeing with our eyes? Or is it discerning reality clearly; seeing with the mind instead of the eye? Throughout the film, Dr. Wang’s successes, struggles, and failures teach him – and us - what it means to see things as they are and as they can be.

With its powerful messages of perseverance, unremitting hard work, self-respect, and family unity, this is an excellent choice for family viewing. Ming’s commitment to his education in the face of terrible opposition and his earnest desire to help others is exactly the kind of example we want our teens to see. In a media universe where heroes wear capes and have superpowers, it’s a refreshing change to see a hero whose greatest strengths are tenacity, selflessness, and resilience.

Sight is rated PG-13, but I think it’s suitable for middle-schoolers. Negative content consists of a few scenes of alcohol consumption and some violence related to China’s Cultural Revolution. People are beaten, abducted, and killed, but the violence is carefully sanitized and is never gratuitous or glorified. The Cultural Revolution was a convulsive national trauma and making it less violent would be a distortion of history. I will point out that the script never refers to the Cultural Revolution, describing it instead as an “uprising”. I’m not sure why the screenwriters deleted historical detail: decontextualizing the violence makes it feel random instead of being part of a national trauma.

If you’re looking for an uplifting story that just might inspire teens to study harder or focus on meaningful goals, Sight might be the movie for you. The movie’s message is meaningful, the cast convincing, and the lessons worth learning. When it comes to films, this one has 20/20 vision.

Directed by Andrew Hyatt. Starring Greg Kinnear, Terry Chen, Fionnula Flanagan. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release May 24, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Sight rated PG-13? Sight is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and thematic material

Violence: A child is blinded when sulfuric acid is deliberately poured into her eyes. In the context of China’s Cultural Revolution, young revolutionaries invade a classroom, punch the teacher, hold him down, intimidate students, hit a student in the face (a bloody injury is seen), and force students to burn their books. Blinded in an industrial accident, a man moans as he is treated by a doctor. A blind man is tipped out of his wheelchair, kicked and beaten to death. His body is briefly seen with bloody injuries. Revolutionaries seize a young man’s musical instrument and destroy it. Revolutionaries abduct a girl and punch and knock down a boy, who loses consciousness. A woman is seen with injuries after revolutionaries rampage through a university. A Chinese man is at the receiving end of racist comments.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: None.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink alcohol in social situations. A main character drinks alcohol to cope with difficult emotions.

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You can learn more about Ming Wang below:

Angel Studios: 10 Facts About Dr. Ming Wang, the Man Behind SIGHT

If you want greater understanding of China’s Cultural Revolution, you can follow these links:

The Guardian: The Cultural Revolution: all you need to know about China’s political convulsion

Wikipedia: Cultural Revolution Cultural Revolution

Sadly, the use of acid to blind Kajal is not unique. The issue of acid attacks against people (mainly women) is a serious problem in parts of the world. You can learn more here:

Wikipedia: Acid attack

The Guardian: “He thought he’d ruin me”: Indian acid attack survivor and model speaks out Acid attacks


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For more about Dr. Ming Wang, you can read his autobiography, From Darkness to Sight, A Journey from Hardship to Healing.