Annapolis

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Naval cadet becomes a man in unoriginal drama.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Growing up is good, but whining, arguing, and resisting authority are not so good.

Violence

Boxing scenes are fast and hard-hitting; other scenes show physical tests and some fighting among cadets. A suicide attempt.

Sex

Brief kissing, some girls dance seductively at a bar. Reference to a prostitute.

Language

Mild cursing ("hell") and some crude language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer-drinking in bar scenes, one scene with smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes several hectic, noisy boxing scenes, with the camera taking alternate points of view for punchers and punchees. The fast cuts and framing make these images potentially disturbing for younger viewers. Some of the training rituals for the Annapolis cadets are brutal (falling in mud and falling off obstacles in slow motion, sweating and groaning). An officer has a cadet get into a body bag and be zipped up, to show other cadets their responsibility to their charges. Depressed cadet jumps out a window. Characters drink alcohol in a bar, a romantic couple exchanges gazes and kisses in pretty lighting. One prostitution reference.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byshadow44 April 9, 2008

I would waste a million dollars renting this over and over again.

this was an amazing movie about never giving up and never listening to bad things other people say. But unlike the 8 year old said in the other review it is for... Continue reading
Adult Written byDisney32135 September 13, 2018

Rocky in a military school

I have seen this movie a million times and I think it's basically Rocky in a military school. It does not show how life at the Naval Academy is in reality... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 16, 2014

Good movie

"Annapolis" is an interesting movie, appropriate for teens.
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

In ANNAPOLIS, second generation shipbuilder Jake (James Franco) aspires to be a U.S. Naval officer. Though his father Bill (Brian Goodman) discourages such dreaming, Jake applies and gets in. At school, Jake learns to get along with his multicultural bunkmates: insecure Twins (Vicellous Shannon), self-loving Estrada (Wilmer Calderon), and hardworking Loo (Roger Fan). While Lt. Cmdr. Burton (Donnie Wahlberg) quietly supports him, boxing coach McNally (Chi McBride) treats Jake like a plebe. At the same time, Jake finds trouble with Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson), a most excellent boxer, former marine, and hardnosed unit leader, and imminent romance with another older classmate, Ali (Jordana Brewster). Jake learns important lessons, including how to persevere even when facing adversity.

Is it any good?

A masculine melodrama, Annapolis suffers from a script that is both formulaic and inconsistent. Predictably, Jake runs smack into the requisite inspirational father figures (see also: Louis Gossett, Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman).

Roger Fan, who played Daric in director Justin Lin's previous, better film, Better Luck Tomorrow, is charismatic and could have easily pulled off the lead role in this film, and Tyrese Gibson turns in a truly compelling performance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Jake and his working class father, Bill. How does the son's aspiration first threaten Dad, then make him proud? How does the movie use traditional means to define "masculinity" -- boxing, physical tests, dominance over other men? How does the film's diverse cast suggest that different individuals might work together?

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