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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End



Swashbuckling action, but too many puzzling plots.
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  • Review Date: December 3, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 168 minutes

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Positive messages

Elizabeth and Tia Dalma are strong, fearless female characters, and the cast of this movie is much more diverse than the previous two. Despite several betrayals, Jack and Will sacrifice what they want most and act selflessly for the greater good. Jack often acts as though he has no morals or ethics, but he's true to a strange code of his own.


Characters are hanged -- including a young boy -- and their dead bodies are shown in a pile. Lots of pirates, British soldiers, and unlucky seamen are stabbed and blown up -- especially in the final hour. Younger children may be disturbed by the opening gallows sequence and by seeing major characters die.


Elizabeth and Will kiss passionately. Several scantily dressed pirates' mistresses; a couple is discreetly shown dressing after marital sex, but there's no nudity. Captain Jack loves making sexual innuendos.


Colorful pirate insults.


Nothing in the movie itself, but the entire thing is a giant marketing machine for Disney.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pirates love their rum, and once again it flows freely.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this installment of the Pirates franchise is packed with more death, action, and violence than most superhero flicks -- from the grim opening sequence in which Caribbean civilians (including a young boy) are led to the gallows to the climactic swashbuckling showdown. Since it's nearly three hours long, younger kids (or those with short attention spans) may not go the distance. And with so many double crosses and betrayals, the plot may even be confusing for adults. That said, thanks to Disney's ubiquitous merchandising and advertising campaigns, even 5-year-olds know who Captain Jack Sparrow is, so chances are your youngest kids will want to see it. But if they do, be prepared for them to wake up with nightmares.

What's the story?

Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) is back IN PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, living in the hallucinatory limbo of Davy Jones' Locker. While he's busy seeing imaginary clones of himself, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and resurrected Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) travel to the Singapore. Their goal is to enlist pirate lord Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) to help save Jack and join his fellow captains against the British, who are in control of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and his Flying Dutchman crew. But that's just the beginning -- basically, everyone's out for revenge. Will must free his father, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), from Davy's cursed ship; Elizabeth finds herself an avenging pirate captain; and Barbossa and the mysterious Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) are also up to no good. But never fear, matey: This is a Jerry Bruckheimer action flick, so everything turns up (mostly) roses. Some major characters die, disintegrate, or what have you, and others are revived. No one quite gets a perfectly happy ending, but at least Keith Richards shows up for a few minutes as Jack's hard-scrabble pirate pop. That tiny bit of perfect casting alone is worth the cost of the ticket.

Is it any good?


There's no denying that the billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is wildly entertaining. But even though AT WORLD'S END -- the series' third and ostensibly final adventure -- is more action-packed than the first two sagas, it's still overlong and bewildering. The movie has so many story developments and double-crossing betrayals that the confusing plot merits an encyclopedic fansite. Even hardcore fans of whodunit mysteries will be puzzled by the number of twists and turns.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see this movie -- the story or all the product and toy tie-ins. Do kids want something because Captain Jack is connected to it? Why is Jack such an appealing character? And does the movie live up to all the hype? Families can also discuss the Pirates franchise as a whole. Do you think there should be a fourth movie or is this one a good finale? Which movie do you like best, and why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 24, 2007
DVD release date:December 4, 2007
Cast:Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom
Director:Gore Verbinski
Studio:Buena Vista
Run time:168 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images.

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Kid, 8 years old March 9, 2011

this movie is for ages 10 and up

i LOVED it. There is iffy stuff for ages 9.But it is on for ages 10 and up.
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Too much violence
Parent of a 6 and 12 year old Written byback2schoolboo April 9, 2008


-the first 5 minutes made me want to throw up -picture me watching this movie with a huge "?" above my head -Within an hour of the movie, more people were killed than how many people would be dead in a nuclear bombing -I could only watch on hour it was so bad -I really liked the first two movies and I will never know what happened
Adult Written byBigMovieFan April 9, 2008

Disney can get away with murder

Aside from the movie just being awful and rightfully panned by critics, I felt horrible for the 10 year old girl sitting a few seats down from me. In the first half hour a child is hung, men fight for space to look up the skirt of a woman who was made to strip off most of her clothes, and a teenage girl is shot in the back of the head at point blank range as she cowers in the corner. Only Disney has the muscle to make this PG-13.


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