Whale Rider

This film has a couple of uses of moderate bad language

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Whale Rider Rating: PG 7+

3.3844 out of 5 731 Votes (Members)
Duration
101 mins
Year
2002
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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.

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  • 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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  • Abigail, 14

    3 out of 5
    By
    Abigail, 14
    Date
    2016-09-23 14:50:51


    I did like this film it was not the best but it definitely would be a good film for a family you cannot understand it all the time so we had subtitles on it was about a young girl that was born with a twin brother and that was a good as tradition said boys became Maori man but sadly the boy died at birth so it was just Pai she could do everything a boy had to do but Paka did not want her he started a school for boys so pai watched a learned and one night she sat on a little boat and chanted and called all the whales and she did not think that they heard her but when she realized that they came and they were dying she was sad so tried to help but Paka stopped her so when everyone left she went back she climbed on the whale and hit its side and it started to move and all the whales followed so she then spent to long under water and ended up in hospital but then Paka realizes that Pai is the real Maori so when she woke up and they have a ceremony to celebrate. And Pai is the next Maori.

  • Rebecca, 13

    4 out of 5
    By
    Rebecca, 13
    Date
    2016-09-23 14:50:26

    i really liked this film i feel it made a lot of sense to me.

    i could understand little bits of it because i can speak a bit of the language they use in the film.

    i really liked how the story went, i think it was really interesting and it really drew my attention. the story is about a girl who was born that was meant to be a boy, her granddad (paka) was not very happy about this and was being really mean to her, one day a bunch whales where beached (they whales where the ancestors of paikea) and paikea wanted to help so she got on the whale and helped it get back to sea that was when her paka realized he had made a huge mistake and was heart broken, in the end paikea was fine and they all lived happily ever after.

    my favorite character is Paikea, she is a very strong girl, and i love how she keeps trying to show her love for her paka even though he is evil.

    my favorite part was when pai had gone to save the whales for her paka realized he had made a mistake.

  • Leonei, 12

    5 out of 5
    By
    Leonei, 12
    Date
    2016-09-23 14:49:34

    I did not understand the movie that much because the religion was confusing.
    I thought I was very bad for paka to be nasty to pai and treat her badly. Paka got really annoyed when he threw his whale tooth into the sea and no one found it, but when pai got it for him he didn't even appreciate her when she got it for him.

    Paka is annoyed that Pai isn't a boy and treats her bad and doesn't let her take part in activates.
    I thought the first part of the film was really bad but then it got to the second part of the movie and it was okay I still didn't like it but it was better that the first part.

  • Jason, 9

    1 out of 5
    By
    Jason, 9
    Date
    2016-06-15 14:27:43

    IT WAS WIERD I DID NOT LIKE IT I GIVE1

  • Letizia , 9

    5 out of 5
    By
    Letizia , 9
    Date
    2016-06-11 17:47:25

    I like this movie because a girl sees a hurt wale and she calls for help but they could not do anything so she tapped and the wale opened its eyes and so the girl starts riding it.

  • Reese, 7

    4 out of 5
    By
    Reese, 7
    Date
    2016-06-01 13:31:36

    It was amasing.
    I fill relax.

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