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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest



An action-packed but too-long flick for kids 12+.
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  • Review Date: December 4, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 150 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Will is noble and heroic, but Jack clearly lacks morals and ethics. He drinks, lies, womanizes, and seems willing to sacrifice his "friends" so he can go free.


Characters are chased, stabbed, flogged, shot at, trampled, roasted, and rolled down hills. Scenes include swordfights, cannons, angry cannibals, and menacing sea monsters.


Innuendoes and double meanings are rampant, notably involving a compass, swords, and fighting. Flirting between Jack and the voodoo priestess; some kissing and romantic scenes between Will and Elizabeth, and Elizabeth and Jack.


Mild, including one "oh bugger".



Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink throughout the movie, and Jack refers to alcohol in a positive way ("If this were a dream, there'd be rum.")

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a LOT of peril and action-violence. Characters are shot at, chased, dragged, trampled, rolled down hills, and nearly roasted over an open fire. In one disturbing scene, Will is tied to a mast and flogged by Bootstrap Bill. Also, the grotesque pirates and CGI sea creatures are menacing and downright scary. And there's lots and lots of rum (yes, we're talking about pirates, but the audience won't be able to buy the stuff for a decade...) But depending on the maturity of your kids, this movie is okay for kids 12 and up.

What's the story?

\"You have a debt to pay,\" says an ominous voice. \"You owe Davy Jones your soul. That was the agreement. Time's up!\" And so begins the second installment of the franchise that's turning pirates into rock stars of the new millennium. Yes, the loopy Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is caught in yet another tangled web of ghostly creatures lurking deep in the ocean. It seems that he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), ruler of the ocean and captain of the Flying Dutchman. And, oh yeah, his beard is made up of creepy tentacles! To find the chest, \"you must sail to da ends of da eart' and beyond,\" proclaims Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), a mysterious voodoo priestess. In short, unless Jack can figure a way out of this predicament, he'll be doomed to an afterlife of eternal damnation and slavery. Being a pirate and an opportunist, Jack doesn't shy away from enlisting the help of his old friends, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and his fiance, Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly), who've been thrown into prison by the evil Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander), a representative of the East India Trading Company. Beckett has his own plan to keep Davy Jones and his ghoulish pirates from attacking his company's ships.

Is it any good?


This movie is all about Johnny Depp, who camps it up from one action-packed scene to the next. Let's see…there's a giant sea monster, voodoo princess, barnacle-encrusted pirates, desert island, hungry cannibals, buried treasure, ghost ship, insane sword fight, and every other pirate cliche you can think of. Really, it gets a little exhausting, and after the first hour or two, the whole thing starts to wear on your psyche, even Depp's drunken pirate schtick, which seemed so fresh and fun in the first movie. The story line puts Will and Elizabeth's romance on the back burner, and that's what helped to give the first movie some depth. Still, this movie is a lot of fun, moves along fairly well, and ends with a great cliffhanger into Pirates 3. It would have been better if they'd chopped off about 30 minutes in the middle.


Kudos to Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting), who gives a heart-wrenching performance as Bootstrap Bill, and to Bill Nighy (Love Actually), who deserves a "best villain" award for bringing Davy Jones to life in all his tentacled glory.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how far people should go in the name of friendship. Is Jack justified in dragging Will and Elizabeth into his adventure? What could he have done differently to protect his friends?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 7, 2006
DVD release date:December 5, 2006
Cast:Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom
Director:Gore Verbinski
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Run time:150 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images

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Kid, 11 years old January 25, 2011
i think this movie but kids under the age of 10 should watch with there parents. The kissing is not bad at all i have whatched before and they dont curse at all. Over all good movie of action love and avdenture. :) please please comment my profile :)
Kid, 9 years old November 30, 2009

very different from the 1st. alot scarier.

i think it is the worst pirates yet, but still entertaining. there is some violent parts, but not as many as the 1st or 3rd. there is lots of scary images though, and most are violent. a bird rips a mans eye out, will is whipped(my parents made me close my eyes but my dad said it was violent, and its probably scary too. davy jones looks pretty gross, and so do his crew members. jack sparrow eats someones toe, and thats just disgusting. alot of drinking too.
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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina October 11, 2010

One of the best movies, although confusing

A really good and funny movie, although really confusing. I'll start on my questions: Why was Jack at that place at the beginning and floating in a coffin? Why was Elizabeth standing in the rain in her wedding dress? Why did Elizabeth just leave her father like that and didn't even think of a way to defend him? .. anyway. It was all scary and funny at the same time. Jack isn't the best rolemodel (obviously) but he's one of the main reasons the movie is such a sucess! Will can be dimwitted, but usually pretty good. Throughout the movie its confusing on who's on who's side.. Then when James came in.. I got confused again. It's not bad though, I highly recomend it. There's some mild kissing, but at the end the kiss between Elizabeth and Jack wasn't anything serious (infact it was a way of distracting him) Some scenes with the action will freak one out, especially when those birds poaked out a mans eyeballs. The impailing with the swords makes me turn away, but overall the movie is enjoyable. Dispite the bad messages, its a pretty safe movie to watch, just have some self control instead of copying the actors..
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models


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