The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Movie Poster
  • Released
  • November 7, 2008
  • PG-13, 1 hr 34 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • Drama
  • 780 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intense World War II-set drama follows a young boy whose father, a German officer, has moved the entire family close to his new assignment -- running a death camp dedicated to the mass extermination and murder of Jewish prisoners. The boy befriends a prisoner on the other side of the wire even as his teachers and parents explain to him about how "the Jew" is the enemy. Given the subject matter, the film -- which culminates in a room full of people being killed with poison gas -- could be difficult to watch for viewers of any age. There's also some drinking and smoking and concentration camp violence.

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