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"LIFE OF PI"
(2012) (Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Minor
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A teenager must contend with being shipwrecked for a long time in a lifeboat where his only companion is a wild tiger from his family's zoo.
PLOT:
Yann Martel (RAFE SPALL) is a reporter/author who's heard of an amazing tale regarding a man by the name of Piscine "Pi" Patel (IRRFAN KHAN), and thus arrives at his home to interview him about an event from his past that forever changed him. Growing up in the family zoo run by his father (ADIL HUSSAIN) and mother (TABU), along with his older brother, Ravi (VIBISH SIVAKUMAR), 16-year-old Pi (SURAJ SHARMA) is upset to learn that they're closing their zoo, leaving India and setting sail for a new life.

Unfortunately for all concerned, the freighter carrying them and their wild animals runs into a fierce storm that swamps and sinks the ship, with only Pi and a handful of animals surviving in a lone lifeboat. That includes an injured zebra, an orangutan, a hungry hyena and the biggest surprise of all, a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Soon it's just Pi and the fierce feline, with the teen fashioning himself a raft attached to the lifeboat to keep himself safe from the tiger.

As the days, weeks and months wear on, Pi tries to figure out how to keep himself alive, while also tending to the tiger who's become his unlikely traveling partner and, in some ways, friend.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some teens might show some interest in it, either based on the ads for it or if they've read the novel.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.


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