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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship.

Movie PG-13 2003 138 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 10+

Dad of 11 year old...

The period English spoken and their "slang" for my lack of a better word may leave some kids with many questions. Main review seems to have missed a F***ing word when they meet the whalers at Galapagos. I was watching with subtitles so kids could better follow and there it was in its glory.
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+
It’s a fantastic film, my 10 year old watched and enjoyed but he’s mature for his age. There’s a lot of violence and medical procedures but not overly graphic. They use the F word once and say arse which isn’t mentioned in the film profile.

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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (15):
Kids say (13):

Co-screenwriter/director Peter Weir has delivered a respectful but exciting film based on two of Patrick O'Brien's hugely popular books. He's clearly aiming for a thoughtful and intelligent action film for grown-ups, and comes pretty close. The action scenes are exceptionally well-staged and detailed, putting the audience in the middle of the battles. The action is balanced with a strong, classically structured story of the friendship between Aubrey and the ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany).

Aubrey is a man of action who gives and follows orders while Maturin is a man of science who believes that battles are tragic distractions from the pursuit of knowledge to make the world a better place. Their two perspectives provide balance as they struggle with their duties. All of the performances are exceptionally strong and Crowe is splendid as Aubrey. Weir has succeeded in making a film that is true to O'Brien's books, utterly respectful of the history but all about the story.

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