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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas [2008] [PG-13] - 1.5.1



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Holocaust drama about the eight-year-old son (Asa Butterfield) of a Nazi concentration camp commander, who ventures into the woods behind his home where he meets a boy (Zac Mattoon O'Brien) and they become friends. What he doesn't realize is that the boy is a Jewish prisoner at the camp, which houses gas chambers where inmates are routinely murdered. With Henry Kingsmill, Domonkos Németh, Vera Farmiga, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Cara Horgan, David Hayman, Sheila Hancock and Richard Johnson. Directed by Mark Herman. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband kisses his wife on the cheek. A 12-year-old girl touches a man's hand and arm in a flirtatious manner.
 We see the bare chests and backs of male prisoners, who have been ordered to remove their clothing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Many concentration camp prisoners  (including at least two children) are forced out of barracks and into another building: one man collapses and is dead, others step over him, they are told to remove their clothes for a shower, they are locked into the room (we hear yelling), poison gas is poured into the room from the roof and everything goes silent as everyone is killed.
 A man yells at a servant who spills something, and takes him into the next room and beats him mercilessly (we hear the blows and the man yelling) while children listen to what is going on.
 German soldiers push people onto trucks (they all have the Star of David stitched onto their clothing) and they look frightened.
 A man yells at two boys, and one lies about not knowing the other, who is then beaten by the man (we see the boy with a very bloody and swollen eye later).
 A woman is horrified when she realizes that people are being killed in a nearby concentration camp, confronts her husband about it and they argue. A woman yells at her husband when, at his mother's funeral, a note from the Adolf Hitler is placed on her casket.
 A disheveled and weakened man wears tattered clothing. A man struggles to do work, he moans and looks very weak. A boy says he is hungry and he looks scared. A man raises his hand and a boy flinches. A boy falls off a swing and scrapes his knee (we see blood on his knee).
 A boy runs through woods while playing and finds an electrified fence surrounding a field where he sees a boy hiding behind some rubble. A boy crawls under an electrified fence. A boy sees people in a field surrounded by a tall barbed wire fence. Several boys play soldier by chasing and pretending to shoot each other and those who are shot at fall to the floor.
 We see smoke coming from tall smoke stacks and a man says "they smell even worse when they burn." A woman expresses her displeasure in her adult son having been promoted in the German army and on what the army has become. A man talks about the "destructive influence of Jews." A man talks about "children being taught to hate Jews." A man says that Jews "are not really people at all." A woman makes a remark about "one of them" (meaning a Jewish person) being in her kitchen. A man quizzes a man about why his father left Germany.
 A woman screams when her son has gone missing and she fears the worst. A boy worries when his father has gone missing. We hear that a man's mother died and we see people gathered at her funeral. A woman appears to be depressed and more and more withdrawn.
 A boy stuffs a muffin in his mouth and appears to be starving.

PROFANITY 1 - Name-calling (coward, evil, dangerous vermin, stupid). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine with dinner, and a man holds a glass of wine. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and a woman smokes cigarettes in a couple of scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Holocaust, Nazi Germany, concentration camps, choice, duty, family, war crime, hate, mass murder, propaganda.

MESSAGE - Those who propagate fear and hate are not immune from the consequences.

Special Keywords: S1 - V5 - P1 - MPAAPG-13

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