Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Swashbuckling action, but too many puzzling plots.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 168 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 187 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Colorful pirate insults.

Consumerism

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.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is the third installment of the Pirates franchise. It's 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.

User Reviews

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... Continue reading
Adult Written bygrumpy0227 April 9, 2008

If you love pirates, this one is for you!

Excellent movie - lots of twists to the plot! Had to have seen the second one to understand this one - but it was great! Incredible special effects! Definitely... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysowhat1111 June 17, 2010

Arrrrgg

Good, but Jack, the pirate and Elisabeth kiss. And Gibbs drinks alot. But it's an awesome movie!!!!

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?

Even though this series' third and supposedly final adventure is more action-packed than the first two sagas, it's still overlong and bewildering. There's no denying that the billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is wildly entertaining. But Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End -- the story or all the product and toy tie-ins. Do kids want something because Captain Jack is connected to it? And does the movie live up to all the hype?

  • Why is Jack such an appealing character?

  • 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?

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