Whale Rider

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This film has a couple of uses of moderate bad language


Whale Rider Rating: PG 9+

3.4727 out of 5 696 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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  • CHIARA, 11

    3 out of 5
    CHIARA, 11
    2014-06-19 09:49:52

    I think the moral of the story is girls should be treated the same as boys. I think it could be better because not a lot of excitment was in it.

  • ellie, 10

    4 out of 5
    ellie, 10
    2014-06-19 09:48:51

    I liked the film because the story sounds true and it can be funny!,i think the moral is that whatever happens,you have to go with it and you can find it fun in the end.There is always a good ending to a movie and that is what we always look forward to!.

  • jaisline, 10

    5 out of 5
    jaisline, 10
    2014-06-19 09:34:00

    The whale rider is an amazing movie with a good moral in it,although the movie was made before i was born I truly enjoyed it.Pai was avery determined girl whose love for her grandfather shone through. When she was born her mother and twin brother died,so her grandfather was afraid that she might break the historic timeline.But soon he found to regret it.She was in the Mauri tribe New Zealand and her grandfather was the tribe leader.I feel proud for pai for standing against all this and being determined.It was a wonderful movie filled with up and downs.The Whangara people had a tradition and her grandfatherwas trying not to break it. but he could have actually considered how pai felt.The grandfather thought everything was her fault when it wasn't fair on her just because she was a girl.this made me understand a lot more about new zealands culture for the upcoming commenwelths.

  • Aidan, 11

    5 out of 5
    Aidan, 11
    2014-06-19 09:25:57

    I really enjoyed the movie a lot because the morale of the story is treat others the way you would like to be treated.I think it's wrong to treat others badly whether or not there different from you. I would recommend it to teachers for there class and for families.

  • Anna, 10

    5 out of 5
    Anna, 10
    2014-06-11 16:00:14

    At first I found this film, a bit confusing but as the film went on I realy enjoyed it. I liked how the young girl kept on trying to do all the challenges but at last she found the whale tooth. but at the end I felt very sad because the girl said shw wasn't afraid to die!!

    thank you for reading my review!!

  • Rhea, 12

    5 out of 5
    Rhea, 12
    2014-06-11 15:58:19

    i did like the film, but it was a bit wierd!

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