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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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Action-packed sequel has lots of violence, scary moments.
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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

Fight for what you believe in. Save your friends in situations of danger. Every man has a price. Eternal damnation is something to be avoided. Even the most amoral among us may someday reveal a scrap of decency underneath.

Positive role models

Jack Sparrow appears to be a deceitful, selfish coward without a conscience, but in the darkest, most perilous moments he shows honor and selflessness. William is noble, honorable, and brave. Elizabeth displays uncommon courage and adventurousness. Beckett is callous. William's father abandoned his child to run off to sea, but he still cares deeply enough for his son to sacrifice himself.

Violence

Characters are chased, stabbed, flogged, shot at, trampled, roasted, and rolled down hills. A sea monster uses its giant tentacles to pluck screaming sailors off ships and swallow up the vessels whole. Davy Jones is an evil, devilish character whose head is a noseless mass of Medusa-like squirming serpents and whose hands are lobster claws. He steals souls of sailors and condemns them to decades of hard labor. Sword fights, shootings, stabbings, and deaths-by-tentacle are rife. Jack wears a necklace of human fingers and toes. Cannibals tie Jack to a stake and suspend him over a fire, but he escapes. Men are caged and hung over an abyss. A severed beating heart is shown in a box. Men are put in cages so their eyes can be plucked out by birds. Elizabeth and William are threatened with hanging. It's implied that cannibals might eat a dog. Davy Jones' crew members are grotesque, scary, and filthy, wearing makeup that makes them look as if they've been left to rot.

Sex

Innuendoes and double meanings are rampant, notably involving a compass, swords, and fighting. A voodoo woman acts sultrily, sashaying her hips and giving men come-hither looks. Jack and Elizabeth kiss. Elizabeth says she would like to "have" her fiancé, William.

Language

"Damn," "ass," "bloody."

Consumerism
Not applicable
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 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 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. A severed beating heart is shown in a box. Men are put in cages so that their eyes can be plucked out by birds. Elizabeth and William are threatened with hanging. It's implied that cannibals might eat a dog. 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. Profanity includes "damn," "ass," and "bloody." Innuendoes and double meanings are rampant, notably involving a compass, swords, and fighting.

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 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 fiancé, 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?

QUALITY

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, a voodoo princess, barnacle-encrusted pirates, a desert island, hungry cannibals, buried treasure, a ghost ship, an insane sword fight, and every other pirate cliché 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 storyline 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. It would have been better if they'd chopped off about 30 minutes in the middle.

Kudos to Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting), who gives a hearteending 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?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? Are sequels ever better than the first movies? Give some examples.

  • Why do you think this series has been so popular? What is the appeal of a franchise based on an amusement park ride?

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
Genre:Action/Adventure
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
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Great role models

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