The Perfect Storm

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
The Perfect Storm Movie Poster Image
Scary and sad are the main concerns here.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Many deaths. Very intense peril.

Sex

Sexual references and situations.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking and smoking, scenes in bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong sailor language and some sexual references that can get crude. Characters drink and smoke a great deal. For most parents, the primary concern will be the scariness and sadness of the movie. It is very intense and many characters are killed. Parents should be willing to give kids deniability ("I really want to see it but my parents won't let me!") if they sense that the kids do not want to go.

Wondering if The Perfect Storm is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJdjdkd September 15, 2019

Way too much language

Too much coarse language and sexual references.
Adult Written bythehighflyer September 22, 2018
Kid, 11 years old June 9, 2020

Great

A little much swearing but if you like sailor movies go for it
Kid, 10 years old May 25, 2015

I will never forget this film. You won't either.

I absolutely LOVED "The Perfect Storm". The visual effects and screenplay for the movie were astonishing, flawlessly interpreting the disaster of the... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this man-against-nature thriller based on a true story, captain of the Andrea Gail, Billy Tyne (George Clooney), must prove to himself and to the owner of the boat that he can bring in a good load of fish. Tyne's crew includes Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), who must choose between his love for the sea and his girlfriend Christina (Diane Lane), and Scully (William Fichtner) and Murph (John C. Reilly), who don't get along with each other. The fishing expedition is a success, but on the way home the crew runs into a devastatingly powerful storm with 100 foot waves. But Tyne is determined to bring his catch, and his crew, home safely.

Is it any good?

The special effects and the action scenes are excellent, but this film fails in many ways. It's very hard to make a good book into a good movie, even a good book that seems inherently cinematic, as this one does, with all its swirling winds and crashing waves. The dialogue is corny, with lines like "This is where they separate the men from the boys." The storm doesn't happen until an hour and a half into the film, and each of the characters is trotted out to show one identifying characteristic. Wahlberg, Fichtner, Lane, and Reilly, four fine actors, are left more adrift by the script than their characters are by the storm, while the talents of other good actors are wasted. The book tells a sad story, but the film just feels maudlin, and the scenes on land following the storm go on too long. This is where we really need some insight and some good dialogue, and we just don't get it. And there is one scene, just before one character dies, where he speaks to a loved one and sees her in an apparition that even the producers of "Message in a Bottle" would have been embarrassed to try.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way the characters evaluate their options and deal with the consequences of their decisions. After the first rescue, the Coast Guard is told that their superiors cannot order them to go to the second, because it is too hazardous. What went into their decision about how to respond? Captain Tyne had to decide whether to try to get home through the storm in time to save their catch or protect his men's lives while losing all their money. How did he decide?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love true stories

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate