Parents' Guide to

Pirate Radio

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Good-natured rock 'n' roll comedy with some iffy behavior.

Movie R 2009 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 7+

Let's Rock

Great music but there's sex and language. Inappropriate for kids under 8

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Calling all Rock'n'Roll lovers!

Even though this movie is R-rated, it is probably appropriate for 13 years old+. If you love rock'n'roll, you will completely adore this movie, as I do. There is some sexual innuendo present and part-naked bodies (genitalia never shown). After effects of drugs and alcohol are present and for most of the movie, the characters are smoking cigarettes (most people smoked cigarettes then though). The language was also not very good, but again, it is appropriate enough if the teens/adults are mature. GREAT MOVIE and pretty funny at some parts!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (5):

Pirate Radio sometimes feels more like an extended BBC comedy sketch than a film. Written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), the movie was trimmed by 20 minutes after its release in England, where critics complained of excessive length (and where the film was titled The Boat That Rocked); now the movie feels jaunty and lightweight -- though perhaps a bit too weightless. Too many characters with too little screen time add up to not much depth for anyone; the character arcs are fairly simple and predictable overall, with little emotional weight (centerpiece character Carl is the weakest of all).

But the film's good-natured rebellion and genuine enthusiasm for the power of rock 'n' roll can be infectious and enjoyable. Moreover, talented actors and comedians like Hoffman, Nighy, Frost, and Branagh manage to find brilliantly humorous moments within their dialogue, generating plenty of laughs.

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