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Certification

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language
Certification

Sex & Nudity

  • A young boy is beaten, restrained, and raped by a larger bully. It however is depicting more implicitly than graphically. The boy is held down and his pants are pulled off; we then briefly see an older boy thrusting on top of him and moaning, and the victim's pained face. The boy is later seen with blood dripping from his trousers.
  • Sex is solicited in a scene where a Soviet soldier requires that a woman have sex with him in order for a truck to pass, but the scene never happens.
  • There is a brief implication that a man is using a young boy as a sex slave; the man forces the boy to dance suggestively for him before they are interrupted.

Violence & Gore

  • A young boy is beaten, restrained, and raped by a larger bully. It however is depicting more implicitly than graphically. The boy is held down and his pants are pulled off; we then briefly see an older boy thrusting on top of him and moaning, and the victim's pained face. The boy is later seen with blood dripping from his trousers.
  • There's a brief scene of a woman being stoned to death as a halftime show during a soccer match. Patches of blood are shown on her body. Very disturbing.

Profanity

  • Assef uses the f_slur against Hassan and Amir when confronting them.
  • Three uses of "fuck" and a couple of characters do say derogatory comments to or about people of Hazara descent. (E.g., bully making fun of a Hazara boy; the father in law of the main character is not particularly pleased with a Hazara boy coming into his family.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are scenes of the main character's father and his friend drinking liquor. The father also smokes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Very intense and emotional film. There are definitely some scenes that make the film more worthy of an R rating than PG-13.
  • The implicit rape scene of a boy (between 10-12 yrs old) and the stoning scene are not easy to watch. Another intense scene is when the main character is beaten by a Taliban leader.

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Violence & Gore

  • The main character is brutally beaten by a Taliban leader. The leader is then shot in the eye with a slingshot by a young boy to defend the main character. It is implied the impact burst his eyeball as the leader cradles his eye socket with his hand and thick blood poors through his fingers.

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