The Poseidon Adventure

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Titanic without the smarm.

PG 1972 117 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 11+

Better the second time than the first.

The first time I saw this movie a few years ago, I did not like it. I just saw it again tonight and I liked it better. It is still not as good as the 2006 remake “Poseidon”. The violence is people dying due to the sinking of the ship, including drowning in water, a heart attack, and vanishing in fire. However, the only dead body that is shown is the person who had the heart attack for holding her breath too long under water, but nothing graphic is shown when people die by falling into water and fire. I think 3/5 for sex is extreme. If it’s just one sex reference that should be more like 1/5. There is some mild language, but nothing over-the-top, and if there’s any drinking, there may be some champagne when New Year’s is being celebrated before the wave strikes the ship. Despite the violence, the movie has positive messages, like determination, perseverance, and loyalty, and positive role models include the reverend, the leader of the crowd, as well as the man who finds a bond with a frightened woman, whose brother dies right after the ship takes damage from the wave. The man survived and made sure the woman survived as well. I would give positive messages 4/5, since the survival of the main characters depends on positive relationships with one another and fewer people would have survived if they had not worked together and looked out for one another and instead tried to save themselves and only themselves. I would give positive role models 3/5, since there is another character who is negative and hostile to the people around him, which makes matters worse. I think a 13+ age recommendation is a little extreme, especially since the remake is more graphically violent. I would recommend it to 11-year-olds and up as well as mature 10-year-olds. With all that said, this film is a classic and is something everyone should see at least once, as well as the remake.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 17+

Year I was born

An epic

This title has:

Too much violence

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