Hotel Rwanda

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Hotel Rwanda tells the true story of a man who courageously defied the hatred exploding around him. In 1994, Rwanda erupted with genocidal rage after the countrys Hutu president was assassinated. The Hutus blamed the murder on the hated Tutsi minority and, in short order, took up firearms and machetes against their Tutsi neighbors. In a few months, more than 1 million Tutsi men, women and children were brutally murdered while United Nations peacekeepers (Nick Nolte plays Canadas official) stood by, powerless to intervene. American and European governments quickly removed their own people, leaving the threatened Tutsis to fend for themselves. But in the midst of the chaos, Paul Rusebagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu himself and manager of a hotel in the Rwandan capital, provided shelter to Tutsi refugees. In protecting nearly a thousand Tutsis, Paul became an enemy of his own people and risked his life and family.

Hotel Rwanda is only rated PG-13 because it refrains from graphic, excessively gory depictions of brutal murder. The resulting film is accessible to a broader audience, but it still contains disturbing scenes including a road strewn with corpses. Theres also some foul language and alcohol use, but it is not excessive or terribly distracting from the films message, one that many people need to hear: Real hatred and brutal injustice continue in our world today because people remain wickedly sinful. But by Gods grace, people like Paul Rusebagina can stand against evil and make a difference, even when it costs them a great deal. Moreover, as people who have received Gods grace, American Christians have a particular responsibility to be among those who stand against evil and injustice in the world. Though the film is excellent, Preview still urges caution to would-be viewers who are not prepared for grisly images and a few inappropriate words.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
United Artists

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (2) times mild (hell 1); moderate (other 1)

Obscene Language: Several (7) times strong (f-word 1, s-word 6)

Profanity: Few (4) times moderate (MG 2); strong (J 1, JC 1)

Violence: Many times moderate (frequent realistic rebel and military violence with gunfire, man struggles with soldiers and is beaten in the face, people threatened with guns and machetes); strong (road strewn with dead bodies, many dead bodies shown covered in blood, depiction of genocide with focus on children)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (man and wife kiss, man expresses interest in a relationship with a woman, unmarried man shown staying in a hotel room with a woman)

Drugs: Several times mild (several references to and use of beer and hard liquor)

Other: Depiction of hateful and prejudicial attitudes and actions toward people due to their ethnic heritage, depiction of great heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of adversity

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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