Whale Rider

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This film has a couple of uses of moderate bad language


Whale Rider Rating: PG 9+

3.4702 out of 5 704 Votes (Members)
101 mins

Tradition causes trouble in a family when a young Maori girl wants to take up what she believes is her rightful place at the head of her tribe - because the man standing in her way is her own grandfather, and his love for her is not enough to change his belief that only a boy could ever lead the tribe. Set in modern New Zealand, Whale Rider superbly shows what happens when old-fashioned thinking gets in the way of people's potential. English and Maori dialogue, subtitles in English.

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What you say

  • This is a beautiful and movig film which really makes the children think, whilst opening their eyes to different worlds and cultures effortlessly

    Jenni (Teacher)

  • This is a beautiful and movig film which really makes the children think, whilst opening their eyes to different worlds and cultures effortlessly

    Jenni (Teacher)


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  • jacob, 0

    3 out of 5
    jacob, 0
    2014-11-04 23:18:22

    The film 'Whale Rider' is a film based on a girl who wants to be accepted by her grandfather but her grandfather declines her as his sexist views are over powering his relationship with his gran- daughter which pushes her away. The film was directed by Niki Caro and was acted by Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis and Grant Roa. This film caused some people to cry as it was emotional

  • Shelby-Anne, 17

    4 out of 5
    Shelby-Anne, 17
    2014-10-17 17:27:46

    Whale rider was a film which really kept my eyes glued to the screen, it really entertained me and kept me thinking even after it was finished, even though it was a great movie, I think movies have become too expensive. It was very much a cultural film, but it had slots of comedy which gave you a laugh every now and then. Whale Rider was also a touchy film, which can bring on a few tears.Overall it was a really good movie and I would defiantly watch it again.

  • Dipika, 0

    4 out of 5
    Dipika, 0
    2014-10-15 19:20:15

    The film Whale Rider was an interesting use of 90 odd minutes. The film didn't fail to keep me interested and the overall plot was unique. However, I felt the ending could have been executed better. It wasn't a bad ending it just could've ended differently to give all the characters more depth. Overall a good film I would watch it again.

  • Louie, 15

    1 out of 5
    Louie, 15
    2014-10-15 07:53:44

    Man I don't even know what to say about this film... It was terrible!

  • Harry, 14

    1 out of 5
    Harry, 14
    2014-10-14 22:13:43

    This film was shockingly bad. I wouldn't waste my time watching it. The film also has 0 banter which is something I look for when watching films. The boyz were a bit too hard...

  • Jack, 14

    1 out of 5
    Jack, 14
    2014-10-14 21:45:54

    This film was terrible.
    Its called Whale rider yet she only rides the whale for 20 seconds! , also being excluded from the boyz using there pimp dancing Skills.
    This film doesn't deserve a rating.

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