A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The message of this show is clear: War is hell. The realistic battle scenes show the enormous human cost of battle, and show how even the survivors are rarely left unscathed.
Positive Role Models
The young men who went off to war demonstrate the entire range of reactions to battle, from abject cowardice to terror to noble self-sacrifice, though the main characters tend toward the latter. The soldiers might tease each other mercilessly, but when the bullets start flying they all have each other’s backs. Their fear during combat is entirely understandable, and their quiet bravery is often inspiring.
Violence & Scariness
This wartime drama features numerous grisly combat sequences using machines guns, handguns, knives, and bombs. There are close-ups of mangled corpses and wide shots of beaches strewn with corpses and body parts. The battle scenes are very realistic, and the mayhem and carnage are all shown here.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes -- though not all -- include sex scenes, including female nudity. Soldiers often talk about missing female company.
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A good bit of swearing, including unbleeped uses of “f--k,” “s--t” “piss,” “screw,” and “bastard.”
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Products & Purchases
A few mentions of specific products, including Ford cars and Johnny Walker whiskey.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters smoke cigarettes, as was common in the era, and the soldiers often drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this powerful World War II drama, which follows a group of soldiers through the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific theater, includes realistic battle scenes that are quite intense, and show the confusion and terror of combat, as well as the terrible human cost. There are plenty of grisly images during and after skirmishes, along with a good bit of swearing and some smoking and drinking. The series is intense, and might be a bit too much for young teens, but it offers an unsparing look at war for older teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This gritty film is not always pretty to watch, but it's an amazing look at an important chapter of history. The Pacific is the companion series to HBO's Band of Brothers, which followed a World War II Army unit across Europe. This series follows the same format and comes from the same team, executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Based on books by actual veterans of the Pacific campaign, the series offers a realistic, and generally historically accurate, look at the other side of the war: the campaign that took place far, far away.
The series brings the viewer tight into the jungles of Guadalcanal and the beaches of Peleliu, where terrified soldiers faced off against the determined Japanese in some of the bloodiest battles of the war. The harrowing and realistic combat scenes showcase the horrors of war, as well as the often-noble reactions when ordinary soldiers go way beyond the call of duty in valiant, and sometimes vain, efforts to save their comrades. Yes, some of the moments are dramatized, but for the most part The Pacific paints an accurate picture of wartime life.
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