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MPAA N: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violent images

Sex & Nudity

  • Some brief references to arranged marriage, and child marriage.

Violence & Gore

  • A Taliban fighter strikes a woman with a cane several times, though the impact is not shown. The woman is later seen with bruises on her body.
  • A child strikes a man with a rock. His nose is bloodied.
  • A child is punched in the stomach by a Taliban soldier.
  • A man is non-fatally shot, blood is briefly shown.
  • A woman holds onto the blade of a knife as tight as she can, causing her hand to bleed.


  • Some threatening dialogue is used, such as "I can have you killed." Some mild insults, such as "fool" are used.
  • There is one slang use of "cripple".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film explores themes of abuse, fanaticism, death, and anti-intellectualism. Many scenes are emotionally distressing.
  • Two children are chased by an armed Taliban soldier.
  • Suggested TV Rating: TV-14-V


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • It is revealed towards the end of the film that the brother of the main character was killed in an explosion.

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