Not enough positive messaging to overcome the level of violence and adult content. Very disappointed, after reading reviews for the film felt this would be okay for girls that are familiar with her story and enjoyed her book. I like her story and the film could have been inspirational but would not recommend this film for anyone. I do not agree with the age 12 at all for this film. We had the addition of R rated previews with particularly inappropriate material at our theater even though the film is rated PG-13.
My 10-year-old daughter had read the junior version of Malala's book, and so I have no qualms about taking her to see this film... but after having seen it myself, and being completely BLOWN AWAY by the positive and inspirational messages in this film, I think I am going to take my 8-year-old daughter, too (knowing that there are certain scenes where I'll have her look away-- namely where they show the blood on the bus seat). This film is profound and powerful and provides a brilliant and fearless role model for our children.