I LOVE the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They are so awesome! And this one is no exception. In fact, it recently took On Stranger Tides' place as my 2nd favorite of the bunch (the second Pirates, Dead Man's Chest, is my 1st favorite). I'm probably one of the few people who don't care how long it is or how complicated the plot is. I just get so caught up in how gigantic, grand and epic it is, that I don't even care and/or notice! I adore the effects! I ADORE the fight scenes! The new characters are a heck of a lot of fun. Sao Feng is just awesome, and the Pirate Lords are neat, but good GOD! I DESPISE Lord Beckett! He is the BIGGEST white wig-wearing idiot Pirates has ever conjured up. But the best part about him is how he gets revenged upon! But enough about what I thought about it, let's see what it has to offer!
Violence/scariness: It's a pirate movie, when dealing with pirate movies, expect sword fighting, battle scenes, etc. A character is impaled by a piece of wood after a cannon hits the ship; there is a scene where a character chants in a creepy voice and breaks down into millions of crabs after growing sixty feet tall, that may freak out younger viewers; I can easily see Davy Jones (who I personally find beautiful in various ways) and his crew disturbing some younger viewers; there are, of course, a lot of (epic) fight scenes all throughout the film, particularly at the end; there is a dead guy with a spike up his mouth in a puddle in one scene; they strap dead guys to barrels in one scene; a running gag is one of the characters losing his fake eye. His empty eye socket may creep some out; one character's heart that he carved out of his body a long time ago is shown a few times and is sort of gross; a character is stabbed in the chest and left to die; there's a hilarious scene where all the main characters try to shoot each other; during the meeting scene, a man is shot dead, but I think it was meant to be semi-humorous.
If your kid is mature, then they should be able to handle many of these scenes. However, I HIGHLY recommend skipping over the very beginning of the movie, it is the ONLY PotC scene I HAVE NOT WATCHED, but I saw parts of it in a video and it MAJORLY disturbed me. It shows dozens and dozens to hundreds (possibly thousands) of people about to be hanged, including a CHILD. Oh yes, my friends, Pirates went so far as to the point of doing DEAD CHILDREN. We see the child having a noose put around his neck, it doesn't show his hung body, but still. Other people are hung as well. And what do they DO with all the bodies you ask? Throw them all in a big pile of course! To quote Nostalgia Critic, "You know, for kids! :)" So, all the other stuff, should be Ok enough. But if your kids are under 15, I highly recommend giving the beginning a pass. And don't worry, it's not crucial to the story (I mean, Beckett appeared in that scene, yet in his next scene, it makes it look like that was his first appearance in the movie!).
Story (spoiler free): The story isn't that bad, but it is VERY complicated and some kids will probably get confused at some parts. I followed it pretty well but I took it very seriously. If your kid is intrigued, then they'll probably follow it fine.
Language: "D*mn", "Harridan", really all there is.
Sex: Two characters kiss for a long time, twice. In the beginning, a guy makes a lady strip half her clothes off before smiling creepily.
There is a (heartbreaking) love story going back years between two characters.
Drinking: They're pirates; expect rum.
Overall, it's a fun movie with more than its fair share of violence. If your kids aren't mature enough to handle it yet, for now, just give it a pass. But if they're mature enough, it should be OK. So if you and your kids don't like, like it, or absolutely fall in love with it, like I did, I'm sure you'll get at least a few good moments. It's one sea adventure that is definitely worth at least one watch.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking