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(out of 10 reviews)
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Educator and Parent of a 9 and 14 year old Written bylioness57 April 9, 2008
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11
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An absolutely beautiful movie

I checked out the Common Sense Media notes before I took my 9 year old and 5 year old to the movie. I was prepared for the opening scene with a baby and mom dying in childbirth (which happens in the opening scene) and kept checking my 5 year-old's face - it all happened so fast with alot of montage photography that it went over his head. From that point on, Whale Rider is one of the most beautiful and moving films that I have seen all year. It makes you laugh and cry. The characters are wonderful, the cinematography extraordinary. We had long discussions with my daughter afterward about the struggle to preserve native cultures and the abiilty of girls to be leaders, and the importance of pursuing your dreams even in the face of opposition - all were themes of the movie. I really can't recommend this highly enough.
Educator and Parent of a 12 year old Written bykkurcisk February 15, 2012
AGE
10
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Leadership Inspiration for Girls

This wonderful film is great film for family viewing, and I particularly love the positive messages for girls. Kids need to be old enough to pay attention through a movie with some subtitles. The story is based on Maori folk traditions, shot on location in New Zealand. Most of the cast are local people, not professional actors. The resulting story is inspiring on a number of fronts: first, the story itself is one of hope and redemption; also, the success of a small-budget film with a mostly unknown cast is inspiring in a completely different way.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 9 and 14 year old Written bycookbooknic April 15, 2011
AGE
9
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good for 9+ when in the mood to think

slow-moving but thought provoking - a very positive experience. Kids happily stuck with it through slower, sadder patches to see the ending.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Parent of a 10 year old Written bytammy1970 October 17, 2010
AGE
4
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Perfect movie for the whole family

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 10 year old Written byzally July 17, 2010
AGE
8
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heartfelt exploration of other cultures and universal humanity

One of our all time favourites. Watch it
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byspiritdancer June 18, 2010
AGE
6
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A great family film.

Just watched Whale Rider for the tenth time. I just love this movie. It really inspires me, and makes me really want to make spiritual movies like that. There is one drug reference but it's so hidden that smaller kids won't notice. The only other thing is a scene where an 11 year old is smoking. But the main character deals with this and tells him he should not be smoking. For girls it's a great film about strength and courage and being true to yourself no matter what. Spiritually, it shows that there is more to life than the physical. It's just a really good film over all. Very inspiring. I've watched it many times and I am still not tired of it. I real work of art. This is the kind of film you can keep in your family collection and watch over and over again.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7 and 8 year old Written byqtnn January 11, 2009
AGE
8
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Adult Written byPanya April 9, 2008
AGE
11
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I didn't like the actual whale-riding part, but the rest was really great. Good themes to discuss with tweens.
Adult Written byuuyaya April 9, 2008
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Adult Written bydiagon otter April 9, 2008
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