Outstanding film has little iffy content, but heavy themes.
Parents should know the Whale Rider is about a young Maori girl defies her grandfather as she tries to become the next leader. There are multiple messages about gender equality, perseverance, bravery, and this film also features the Maori people in an excellent way. They are portrayed with respect and although the film does get a little silly at times, it never falls back into stereotypes. Despite the positive and uplifting messages, there is still a bit of iffy content plus some very heavy themes and moments. A mother dies at childbirth. A baby dies. There is some arguing, which can get upsetting for some. A character nearly drowns and there is some brief violence revolving around fighting with sticks. There is also a bare back plus mentions of having babies. There is some language as well including dick, bastard, damn, and one barely audible s--t. There are a few references to drugs plus smoking (including a smoking boy) and drinking. The heavy themes of loss being left behind because of your gender also come up, which all make fore some tear-jerking moments. All in all, however, this movies strong messages and role-models ultimately outweigh the iffy stuff and is great for older tweens and up. My Rating: PG-13 for thematic content, brief peril, a drug reference, and some language.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking