Parents' Guide to

Cast Away

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful, brutal, and mature drama is emotionally intense.

Movie PG-13 2000 143 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 15+

Way too much for 11 year old

We normally watch '13' stuff but this was way too much for 11yo. Closeups of a bloated corpse, wounds etc etc . Is it good? No idea. Only got 1/3 of the way through before we had to turn it off, and that's a rare occurrence. Seems more of a psychodrama adults would enjoy more anyway.
age 18+

Definitely not for kids

This movie is brilliant. But not geared towards children. Better for a kid aged over 15-16. Contains scenes of a dead body, blood and an extremely intense plane crash scene. The movie also does not end happily. So ultimately a real terk jerker. I loved it, but it's hard to watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (50 ):

This movie is a moving exploration of what happens when everything we hold on to is taken away from us. There may be crystal waters and azure skies, but this is no Blue Lagoon, and Hanks is no Brooke Shields. There is no music and almost no dialogue. Cast Away is brutal and painful. For 45 minutes, we are alone on the island with Noland. He shreds his leg on coral and has to extract an abscessed tooth. Noland is an engaging character, and Hanks is undeniably one of the world's most engaging actors. But the film is more impressive than involving and begins to seem more of an acting exercise than a saga about the triumph of the human spirit or the importance of love and family.

There are some moving and beautiful moments on the raft, especially the glimpse of a whale's eye peeking just above the water. But once he gets home, the movie falters. We know, though, that the world he left now seems strange to him and that it will take a long while for him to reorient himself and decide where he will go next. He has mastered the skill of spearing a fish and making a raft, but he has to learn a whole new set of survival skills back at home.

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