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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Bodies are flung like confetti in the wake of a tidal wave; some bloody injuries and many deaths result.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reference to a passenger's former career as a prostitute.
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Frequent sprinklings of moderately salty language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will hear be exposed to some violent and scary situations. Bodies are flung like confetti in the wake of a tidal wave; some bloody injuries and many deaths result. There are frequent sprinklings of moderately salty language and a reference to a passenger's former career as a prostitute. But the film also emphasizes strength of character, determination, courage and ingenuity in the face of calamity, too. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Part of what makes the movie so effective is the novelty of seeing people trapped in a world literally turned upside-down. Barber chairs and toilets dangle eerily from the ceiling, and a giant artificial Christmas tree becomes a ladder to a higher deck that was once underneath. Adults who saw it in 1972 will find it still gripping, but not too intense for young teens. The blood is modest, and the cameras don't linger unduly on the dead.
There are more familiar faces in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE than you'd find on a Love Boat reunion cruise: Roddy McDowall, Oscar nominee Shelley Winters, and Leslie Nielsen as the stony-faced captain. The characters themselves are a bit silly, but they all react realistically under duress. They sweat and yell at each other, and their clothes get messy. Gene Hackman binds the cast together as the fiery reverend who preaches that strength comes not from God, but from within. He proves his point.
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