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MPAA Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language

Sex & Nudity

  • In one scene, there is a brothel seen from above and you can see a woman lying half naked, with a bra next to a man.
  • Escort girls are seen escorting an adult man through the film, wearing tight and revealing clothes.
  • Human trafficking is a major theme of this film
  • A passionate kiss in the ending scene.
  • This movie has no explicit sex, violence, or language. It's most likely R cause of its feel, while it overall ends good most of the movie has a dark feel to it that a PG13 movie probably couldn't have. Content wise it's mild for a R rated movie
  • Salim stands up naked and we can see his butt. His frontal region is seen but it is so dark in the room that it is hard to make out.
  • Jamal and Salim are seen walking through a brothel. There is no nudity, but sexual acts are implied. A man tells the boys about how much a virgin girl is worth.

Violence & Gore

  • A young boy is trapped in an outhouse and escapes by jumping through the toilet seat and into a pit of human excrement it's a very gross scene.
  • A young boy has hot peppers rubbed on his genitals
  • Jamal is seen being slapped and put under water as a form of torture. Jamal is then electrocuted. Jamal spits out blood after this.
  • A man starts to beat Jamal.
  • Jamal imagines tackling Salim off a building. But he just slugs him in the face instead.


  • Most if not all the profanity in this movie is in subtitles
  • 2 uses of "fuck", 8 uses of "shit", 5 uses of "bloody", 3 uses of "hell", 2 uses of bastard, 1 use of "damn", 1 use of "pussy", and 1 use of "bitch."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A child gets chloroformed.
  • We see Jamal smoking a pipe and some other teenagers drinking alcohol. This is very brief.
  • Salim is seen drinking alcohol.
  • Salim is seen smoking.
  • There are also a few more scenes of adults smoking and drinking alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Overall there is a lot of intense, upsetting, sometimes graphic imagery depicting the realities of slum life, homelessness, organized crime, and poverty in India.
  • Jamal jumps into a pit of human excrement. We see him stand up and run into a crowd, he is covered in feces. This is hilarious and disturbing.
  • Latika puts hot peppers down Salims pants.
  • Jamal and Salim are seen falling off a moving train. This is intense.
  • There are a few chase scenes and emotional scenes that could be considered intense.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • It is implied that Salim wants to have sex with Latika. He uses force and she lets him have sex with her in order to save Jamal. This is not seen.

Violence & Gore

  • We see a group of men beating people with sticks. Jamals mother is killed in the attack. We also see them light a man on fire.
  • A young boy gets hot liquid poured into his eye.
  • Salim shoots Maman in the head. This is not graphic.
  • Salim shoots a man and then is shot by three or four other men.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • At 31:13, a child gets hot liquid poured into his eye to make him blind. This is quite disturbing.

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