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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • No blood. No gore. A small bunch of yelling/arguments and slamming doors.
  • There's one scene where there's a chess tournament and parents get into a fight with each other. The head conductor then escorts them downstairs to a jail like cell.


  • 'Hell' is said casually 3 times.
  • The name 'Jesus' is exclaimed during last Chicago match.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes take place in a city park where people are seen smoking. One of the main characters mentions something about a 2-minute game of speed chess in the park can be worth some good drug money.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is tension resulting from how seriously the seven-year-old main character takes chess.
  • At one point he's not doing well in school and his father gets into a heated spat with the teacher.
  • At another point the mother and dad have an argument and the mom threatens to take the son away.
  • The chess teacher is strict. After the boy insists on getting a certificate from the teacher, he matter-of-factly pulls dozens of meaningless printed copies of papers (which he claimed early were very special) from a briefcase, until the mom throws him (the teacher) out of the house.
  • Another point the chess teacher knocks pieces off a chess board (we see this again in a flashback), the make a loud clattering sound.
  • When the kid throws a chess tournament game in seven moves, this father verbally berates him in the rain for a bit. Eventually, the kid asks why the father's standing at a distance from him, and the father folds and hugs the son in forgiveness.

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