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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Main characters eventually work together to defeat an evil band of undead pirates. But they also constantly double- and triple-cross each other.
Positive Role Models
Main character is a scoundrel, albeit a charming one, and authority figures are portrayed negatively. But other characters, including the two main women, are shown as strong and independent, each in their own way.
Strong female lead avoids being a damsel in distress. An Afro-Latina woman (Zoe Saldana) in a supporting role captains her own ship. But for a film set in Jamaica, it seems odd that the scenes in town feature nearly no people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
A lot of action violence, characters killed. Some images, including the literally skeleton pirate crew and a false eyeball that keeps coming out, that may be disturbing to some viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references (e.g., implying certain characters are sex workers), some revealing bodices.
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Swearing includes "bastard," "damn," and "hell," as well as some colorful pirate insults, like "strumpet," "scum," "cur," and "eunuch."
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Products & Purchases
Remember, this is one big ad for a Disneyland ride.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink rum, often to the point of inebriation. A scene takes place in a tavern, where many people are clearly drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a swashbuckling pirate adventure based on the famous Disney ride that stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom. The movie is not especially graphic but does feature things like an undead pirate crew that may be disturbing to some kids. There are revealing bodices and mild sexual references (not explicit and showing no nudity or sexual situations). Swearing includes "bastard," "damn," and "hell," plus colorful pirate language. Characters drink rum and get tipsy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Just like the theme park ride that inspired it, this movie's greatest strengths are its atmosphere and art direction. The production design of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl skillfully incorporates elements of classic book illustrations with popular pirate themes and seems to get the essence of every detail right, from the curve of the sail to a pirate's pet monkey. The film's action sequences are energetic and entertaining. The script has some creepy twists and saucy lines to keep audiences well entertained.
The film also escapes the terrible pirate curse. Not the curse about pieces of gold that turn people into the walking undead, but the one about pirate movies, a genre better known for overacting and overblown budgets that empty movie studios' bank accounts faster than real-life pirates robbed their victims. Although this movie's origins as a Disneyland ride didn't seem promising, the film ends up being surprisingly enjoyable. There's enough swashbuckling, rope-swinging double-crossing (and colorful sidekicks) to keep you entertained, if that all sounds like fun.
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