Captain Phillips

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Nail-biting story of ship hijacking is fabulous but intense.

PG-13 2013 134 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 60 reviews

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age 11+

Thrilling, Interesting, & Violent

The only thing that kept me watching is how intense and interesting this movie was. Part of me wanted to leave because of all the violence. A man gets shot in the head and the camera shows blood dripping down his forehead. A teenager---and two other men---get shot in the head (off camera) and the camera shows blood/brains on the wall. Captain Phillips gets splattered with blood. An extremely intense scene is when the pirates hold a gun to a man's head and counts down to when they're going to shoot him. There's not THAT much swearing, but they say things like, "shit", "asshole", "goddamn" Overall, Captain Phillips is a really good movie with AMAZING acting and is VERY INTERESTING

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+

Great movie!

This brilliant movie, the language is limited to a few s words and some uses of jesus and god. The "expert" review says that there is quite a bit of violence, I dont believe that, the only REAL violence is black people threatening the crew and saying "You gotta move there or there will be a bullet in head" Which fortunately only one casualty happens on-screen (Others are mentioned but never displayed. I honestly think that a mature 10 yr old or 11 yr old will able to watch this great thriller. There is one thing though normally back 2 yrs ago, I would worry only what the expert review said for instance if csm said 10+ and my child was 9 I would not allow him to watch it, but now that I got some experience with common sense media I can now see that I am starting to depend on the parent review so now I dont really worry about what the expert review says (except when it is 15+). So when I had a look at this movie I saw that it said 14+ so I looked into it and saw it myself, and just saw one scene that I dont want my child to see and what I personally think what made this review 14+. there is one scene where the pirates aim and shoot a crew member in the head and there was blood splatter which even disturbed me in a way (Because the crew member was innocent. Although you can tell your child to look away because it's fairly quick, (Skip when they aim at his head for 6 seconds and then shoots. Otherwise I personally think that it is fine for an mature 10 yr old or an 11 yr old, (I showed my 10 yr old and it is one of his favorite movies.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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