The Kite Runner

Theatrical Release: December 21, 2007
The Kite Runner
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Synopsis

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel about Amir, a well-to-do Pashtun boy from Afghanistan, who is still haunted by the guilt of betraying his childhood friend Hassan, son of a family servant. Having lived in California for a number of years, Amir returns home to Afghanistan to help Hassan, when his son gets into trouble.

Dove Review

This is a moving and touching drama, with themes of loyalty and friendship, of dealing with betrayal and ultimately doing the right thing. The movie deals with the topic of death as well. The film is nicely directed and it is a quality production with nice cinematography and good acting. The actor who portrays young Amir, Zekeria Ebrahimi, gives an excellent performance as does Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, who plays his loyal friend Hassan. Khalid Abdalla plays the adult Amir and he is the centerpiece of the film and does a nice job in holding the picture together as he is in a lot of scenes.

It was nice to see a very bad guy get his comeuppance near the end of the movie. There is a pleasant twist in the story near the end with the adult Amir making a noble decision. We want to note that much of the drama takes place in the middle east and Allah is mentioned as the supreme being. There are two misuses of the Lord’s name which is taken in vain, and we therefore cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film as a family-friendly picture.

Content Description

Sex: It is mentioned that a character had a child by his servant's wife; a soldier attempts to have sex with a married woman but he is stopped.
Language: GD-2; P-2
Violence: A young boy is raped but it is not shown; there are a couple of cutaway shots so that the viewer realizes what is going on; there is a scene of blood dripping onto the snow as the boy walks away; a woman is stoned but just a little blood is seen on the blanket she was wrapped in; a donkey's head is seen and its blood is applied to a tree for luck; a man is struck in the eye from a slingshot's stone; a man is beaten but escapes.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes and a scene with smoking.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Some boys are called "faggots". Allah's judgment is mentioned.

Info

Company: DreamWorks
Writer: David Benioff and Khaled Hosseini
Director: Marc Forster
Producer: William Horberg
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 128 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter