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A Hero | 2021 | PG-13 | – 1.3.3

content-ratingsWhy is “A Hero” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some thematic elements and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few fights with some bloody gashes evident, many arguments over repayment of a debt and the forgiveness of a debt, and some moderately strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Iranian movie about a man (Amir Jadidi) that’s in prison for a debt he was unable to repay. Granted a few days leave in order to plead his case with the man that loaned him the money, he plans to ask him to withdraw the charges. However, when an opportunity to repay the debt arises, the situation becomes more muddled. Also with Mohsen Tanabandeh, Sahar Goldust, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Ehsan Goodarzi, Sarina Farhadi, Maryam Shahdaei, Alireza Jahandideh, Farrokh Nourbakht, Mohammad Aghebati, Saleh Karimaei and Ali Ranjbari. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. In Persian/Farsi with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:07]

A Hero SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man wants to ask another man for permission to marry a woman. A man and a woman talk about longing for each other and missing each other when he is in prison. A man talks about having to sell his daughter’s dowry to pay off a debt.

A Hero VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Two men struggle and fight, shove each other and punch each other (we see that they both have bloody noses and one man is seen with a cast on his arm later) until other men break them up and lock one man in a shop for the police to come and arrest him (they then let him out). Two men struggle and shove each other until one man drives away and the other is taken inside by another man and a woman.
 A man insults another man and tells him that he should slap him for doing so (he does not). A man slams his head on a doorframe when he comes out of a locked room (no injury is seen). A man angrily takes a video game away from his young son when he is disrespectful and won’t stop playing the game. A man is frisked by a prison guard when he passes through a gate. A man slams an office door when he leaves and another man yells at him for doing so. A young boy cries when he watches his father going back into a prison.
 A man argues with another man over the phone and tries to convince him to drop charges he brought against another man; the man refuses and demands repayment of the debt he is owed. A man yells at a woman and she yells back at him. A man refuses to give a man permission to marry a woman, accusing the other man of being a liar and a thief. A man says that another man killed himself in prison. A man says that he is plagued by bad luck. A man says, “I swear on my son’s life” a couple of times. A woman says that another woman’s husband will be hanged for murder. People are questioned about events leading to a man finding a bag filled with gold coins and they are accused of lying in a few scenes. We hear that a boy got in a fight at school.
 A man arranges for a woman that lost a bag containing gold to retrieve the bag and the gold; she tearfully relates the story of what happened and how she lost the bag. A man walks out of prison for a few days leave and tries to stop a bus and hail a cab; he eventually gets a taxi and rides to an excavation site. A man and a woman go to a shop to exchange gold and they are disappointed with the exchange rate so leave without selling it.
 A boy has a speech impediment and stutters in several scenes.

A Hero LANGUAGE 3

 – 3 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk, liar, needy, disgraced, swindle, scumbag, humiliated, rude, disgrace, thief, sulking, fool, fuss, ungrateful, shifty, dodgy, strange, fishy), exclamations (shut-up), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. God knows, God’s will, God, God bless you, thank God, may God arrange a way, people talk about praying to find a way). | profanity glossary |

A Hero SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, people tell a man he should quit smoking, and a man teases a man about smoking too much.

A Hero DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – The tomb of Xerxes, trust, debt, doubt, conscience, good deeds, reputation, rumors, lies, pride, slander, fraud, honor, social media, courage, selflessness, charity, suicide.

A Hero MESSAGE

 – Nothing in this world is fair.

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