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Life of Pi

ages 10+ | 89% Say It's Worth Your Time
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After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels' teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. However, Pi is not alone; a fearsome Bengal tiger has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive.



Runtime: 2 hr 5 min

Genre: Adventure

Director: Ang Lee

Producer: Ang Lee, Dean Georgaris, Gil Netter, David Womark

Cast: Suraj Sharma

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Rated PG Peril|Emotional Thematic Content|Some Scary Action

  • 2 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 4 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 3 of 10 Profanity

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  • Jim (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This is one of the best book adaptations I've ever seen. It benefits from direction coming from the book's author (I forgot his name) and from some additional background information that is not in the book. Engaging and at times surreal, it makes some thoughtful statements about belief and spirituality. Though I was not in full agreement with all of the ideas the story pushes forward, they were respectful and honest. This is one of the better movies I watched in 2012.

    December 28th, 2012 · Details
    6 Thanks ·
  • DDNTest (Female)

    ages 10+ |

    Film definitely worth your time

    April 25th, 2013 · Details
    5 Thanks ·
  • Mblyman (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    Beautiful story. Enjoyed learning and seeing life portrayed in India during the 1950-1960s. Great acting and cinematography. At times the life and death emotion was strong and the violence related to the tiger. However, nothing I wouldn't feel comfortable showing to my 9 year old daughter.

    January 25th, 2013 · Details
    4 Thanks ·
  • amwester (Male)

    ages 12+ |

    Jarring descent into the depths of an individual's imagination. Some will struggle with the meaning of the story when it's presented as a possible fable rather than pure truth. Possible lesson: You can't trust in anyone? Some disturbing content, especially for children who like animals and don't necessarily need to be traumatized by watching them get mauled.

    December 18th, 2012 · Details
    3 Thanks ·
  • LeslieSumner (Female)

    Not ok | Not Worth Your Time

    A glorified movie about cannibalism,made acceptable to all with pretty scenery and loveable animals. The horrible thing the movie does, is it leads you along for the whole movie thinking you are watching a movie about a young boy who survives hardship, then at they end they let you know its about cannibalism. Hollywood calls it one of 2012 "best". Should we accept a movie about cannibalism as sweet and morally ok? I would not let any child of any age go see this movie. We do not need Hollywood to put a happy face on subjects that are morally wrong? The deep insights that are supposed to be in this movie, are not there, and the message is disturbing. I'm sure the scenery was beautiful and the birds were chirping when the Donner party was dining.

    January 14th, 2013 · Details
    2 Thanks ·
  • cohigbee (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Film of the year for me. Incredible acting. Beautiful story.

    January 10th, 2013 · Details
    2 Thanks ·
  • adamsmart (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    'Life of Pi' is stunning! I have never seen CGI that looks so realistic, the animals and the scenery are fantastic. But aside from the visual appeal, I really enjoyed the story itself. I always heard that 'Life of Pi' is a great book, and now I have all the more reason to read it. It is an inspiring story of a boy , Pi, who overcomes tremendous obstacles through faith and hope. This is one of the best movies I have seen in some time, and I highly recommend it.

    November 25th, 2012 · Details
    2 Thanks ·
  • Mogaidi (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! As if I didn't expect anything less from Ang Lee. This film is a must see adventure with a depth you can continue to explore. This is a film you watch more than once to peel back the layers.

    It has everything you want - well not a ton of romance, but everything else: humor, adventure, drama, danger, mystery, suspense...one of those films that has you leaving the theater with the movie high (that is what I call that feeling as you walk to the car and you don't know whether you want to laugh or cry it was so good).

    My absolute favorite aspect is the photography. Yes, I know, it is all computer, but who cares? The scenes, especially at night, are amazing and have to be that way. Remember, this man is telling a story to a writer. Who tells boring stories? Stories by definition have to have some excitement, so telling it with some interesting twists is only conventional.

    The overall theme I took from this film is that life has huge challenges and sometimes we have to move on and learn from those challenges, even if it means looking beyond the horribleness of the reality and searching for the good...the lesson. While some of the violence may be hard for children, I think this movie is a huge teaching opportunity on so many levels. Although I have not read the book, I think there is much to gain from a deep look into the story in print before seeing this movie, especially with kids. It is a beautiful story, but not an easy one.

    June 17th, 2013 · Details
    1 Thank ·
  • kevin.daughtrey (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    It's purdy! But also very sad and deep. Don't watch this in the morning then tart your day. Also, there are some rough scenes of animal violence. Very graphic and well, they die

    June 15th, 2013 · Details
    1 Thank ·
  • stay (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Very family-friendly movie with a great, God-centered message. It has a Wizard of Oz feel to it in some ways. My 5 year old was a bit scared of the Tiger and the thunderstorms, but beyond that, it was an excellent movie, with a great storyline and ending! Go watch it with your family (but beware your younger kids might get just a little scared if that happens easily for them).

    May 14th, 2013 · Details
    1 Thank ·
  • eterry1388 (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Fun movie with an incredibly good story. After watching it through it will make you think hard about the meaning of all that happened. You might have to watch it twice with the information you are given at the end of the movie. I love ocean storm movies so I was a fan. The tiger makes it a super interesting movie with the boy trying to survive with living with the tiger (because he can't bring himself to kill him).

    May 1st, 2013 · Details
    1 Thank ·
  • AaronShill (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    Astounding visually, but this movie will have you thinking long after and looking for someone to discuss themes and meanings with. So much depth and definitely worth your time.

    April 17th, 2013 · Details
    1 Thank ·
  • soupermagoo (Male)

    ages 10+ | Not Worth Your Time

    boring movie with cool views

    March 18th, 2014 · Details
  • rerekson (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Wide range of Cinematography with a very interesting story.

    January 22nd, 2014 · Details
  • talbotcrafts (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Great film from start to finish

    December 30th, 2013 · Details
  • rondo (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Good movie

    December 21st, 2013 · Details
  • Nataliya (Female)

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    Like it really much

    December 6th, 2013 · Details
  • kristen.m.weller (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is just incredibly beautiful. Every image is so picturesque. And the ending will blow your mind.

    November 19th, 2013 · Details
  • Clearplay clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The movie has mystery, adventure, suspense, and jaw–dropping beauty. Many moments ring true in often surprising ways, and the resolution is poignant and thought–provoking. It’s hard to ask for much more than that... See Full Review

    August 8th, 2013 · Details
  • Teca (Female)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    Life of Pi is one of the best movies I have seen lately. It really got me thinking about my spiritual self. Although the whole religion theme is much more expressed in the book, the movie stood out with its special effects.

    July 12th, 2013 · Details
  • stake (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was a slow going movie. The thing that I liked about it most was that the ending was yours to decide what really happens in the story. You are given 2 alternatives, both are similar in some ways, but you get to choose what you believe. This is a story about faith, and hope to be able to continue through a hard journey. I took that to be representative of life.

    June 21st, 2013 · Details
  • hotsoup (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a great movie! I thought it looked like a good movie in the previews and I have been excited to see it since. At times the effects were not as good as I would have wanted them to be but the movie's feel is not affected by it. I highly suggest this for anyone who wants a good family movie.

    June 16th, 2013 · Details
  • dflitton (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Excellent show that keeps your attention every moment. Great characters and amazing cinematography.

    June 7th, 2013 · Details
  • travlucas (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I like it. Seemed all right. Pretty sweet story. Nice twist at the end.

    May 20th, 2013 · Details
  • cindy.dufoe (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    thought provoking, visually stimulating and one i enjoyed twice!

    May 19th, 2013 · Details
  • jimy.oliver (Male)

    Mature 18+ |

    Cool film

    May 8th, 2013 · Details
  • megan.m.woodland (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I did not enjoy this movie. I found it to be extremely boring and couldn't believe I actually watched the whole thing. In fact, I think the only reason I did was because it was a choice between this movie and homework. I should have picked the homework.
    The one good thing I have to say about this is that the CGI was truly incredible.

    April 23rd, 2013 · Details
  • Gumpee (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a good show. It has its slow points and kinda reminds me of Castaway. There are parts where the show is thrilling and exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat.... but like castaway there are times where you are trying to keep your eyes open and not fall asleep. The video in this movie is great and has some awesome shots. I wouldnt say this is the "movie of the year" but I can see why some would say that. This is a one time watch movie. I have seen it, im good now. I probably wont add this to my collection but I recommend it.

    April 17th, 2013 · Details
  • fandigailea (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    A very interesting life story, Excellent acting, Nice story,

    April 1st, 2013 · Details
  • marcie.carter.3 (Female)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This was visually stunning, and the young actor did such an amazing job, but had a horrible ending. It leads you to believe that we can survive anything with a little ingenuity. It was too long & I hated the direction it took at the end and thats all I could think about in the end...Definitely won't read the book.

    March 15th, 2013 · Details
  • dogmanaut (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    "Life of Pi" is probably the prettiest movies since "Avatar." Even after watching it, audiences might be surprised to learn just how much of it is actually computer animated, including a lot of the shots of one of its main stars, Richard Parker.

    But Ang Lee's most recent Oscar winner is worth seeing for more than just its impressive visuals. "Life of Pi" is a fantastic piece of filmmaking with a story that deals overtly with the role of religion in a way that is almost guaranteed to spark debates as the credits roll. In this case, though, that's not a bad thing.

    With as much adventure and humor as there is drama, "Life of Pi" could also be a good bet for some younger audiences.

    February 26th, 2013 · Details
  • drago (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    LOVED this movie. I had thought it was mostly going to be about shipwreck survival, but there is a lot of pleasant drama for half of the movie. It is creative and unique, a good portrayal of the world at large, and the cinematography was fantastic. I rated o.k. for ages 10+ years: the tiger pulls a goat through his cage bars; later a hyena kills a couple of animals and is then killed by the tiger, as all are aboard the same lifeboat; and the shipwreck is pretty intense in which it is not shown, but apparent that all of Pi's family has died.
    LeslieSumner I am going to rebut your review. In this two hour long movie, about one minute mentions cannibalism. Not only is it hardly mentioned, but didn't even occur (according to my interpretation of the story). Pi lies that cannibalism happened because his story was not believed. Perhaps you should argue about the immorality of Pi's lying in order to appease insurance adjusters.

    January 14th, 2013 · Details
  • natec8 (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Great film! The story is entertaining and is believable, but at the same time you wonder if it could really happen (even though it didn't). It deals a lot spirituality and religion. I would recommend it for kids 10 or older because it is a more serious movie.

    December 17th, 2012 · Details
  • clambert (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    pi is good

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • crutchbucket (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    One of the most remarkable films I have seen in years. I recommend that parents of young children see it first before letting their children watch it.

    December 3rd, 2012 · Details
  • NormanWilner (Male) Toronto Now

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi turns Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel about a teenage boy lost at sea with a tiger into a 3D spectacle designed to keep us from thinking about how preposterous the whole thing is... But while the visuals are magnificent, they’re still just eye candy... It's Irrfan Khan who gives the movie its weight, delivering a closing monologue with such complex sorrow that it makes all the digital frippery feel kind of pointless... Read full review here

    December 3rd, 2012 · Details
  • A.O.SCOTT (Male) The New York Times

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The movie invites you to believe in all kinds of marvelous things, but it also may cause you to doubt what you see with your own eyes — or even to wonder if, in the end, you have seen anything at all... Read full review here

    November 29th, 2012 · Details
  • LisaSchwarzbaum (Female) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi...The story is very nice...HOPE AND FAITH... Read full review

    November 29th, 2012 · Details
  • BillGoodykoontz (Male) Arizona Republic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    What’s striking about the film, in addition to the effects, is the calm with which Lee tells the story. He’s patient, sure of himself at every turn, and Sharma is the perfect choice for that sensibility... Read full review here

    November 29th, 2012 · Details
  • RogerEbert (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery...The movie quietly combines various religious traditions to enfold its story in the wonder of life...I have decided it is one of the best films of the year... Read full review here

    November 29th, 2012 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Lee takes on a not-so-crouching tiger to bring audiences a wondrously enthralling adventure fable ... Lee's exquisite adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 best seller is a visual feast that leaves an indelible impression ... Life of Pi is a spectacular high-seas epic that employs technology brilliantly and underscores the power of a vividly told story... Read full review here

    November 29th, 2012 · Details
  • RichardCorliss (Male) Time

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    No question, it’s a (literally) ripping yarn, full of desperation, heroism and a certain spectral awe... Read the full review here

    November 26th, 2012 · Details

Okfor ages12+