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The Guardian

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Waterlogged rescue flick is too intense for kids.

Movie PG-13 2006 136 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Its okay to let other people in

The Guardian provides good examples of despite losing one team that its okay to open yourself up to a different team. Realizing that sometimes letting go of something bad allows you to become a better person then you were. The only violence in this movie is mainly the natural disasters and the aftermaths those things sometimes leave. There is one bar fight but its very quick and not very graphic. Senior Chief although has problems of his own he realizes he must get past his own stuff to allow his newest recruit Jake to open up himself and become a true member of his coast guard team. After That Jake becomes a leader and takes up the mantel of leading a team of coast guard swimmers and rescuing lives. Although the ending is sad it provides a good life lesson message after that.

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Great role models
age 14+

another great movie

This movie is just great. It has a nice message and ending and is just an instant fav or a movie at the top of your list. Its a movie that makes u appreciate what rescue swimmers do (or make me aware of them in the first place with me, lol) and is just a good movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

With a retread plot, plenty of boy-bonding action, and a shirtless Ashton Kutcher, this is a by-the-numbers crowd pleaser that's about as dull as a heroic redemption story could be.

Per formula, parallel redemption stories grant "emotional" moments to both Ben and Kutcher's Jake. By the time Jake has his big breakdown scene (he cries, though he doesn't actually say, "I got nowhere else to go!"), it's clear that, for all their earnest, actorly efforts, neither man has a chance against Ron L. Brinkerhoff's hackneyed script.

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