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"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END"
(2007) (Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Moderate Extreme *Heavy Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None Extreme None Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None Moderate Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure: Warring pirates attempt to band together to battle the British fleet that's determined to rid the world of their kind once and for all.
PLOT:
With word that Lord Cutler Beckett (TOM HOLLANDER) of the East India Trading Company is determined to rid the world of pirates once and for all, Captain Barbossa (GEOFFREY RUSH), Elizabeth Swann (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY) -- daughter of Governor Weatherby Swann (JONATHAN PRYCE) -- and a host of pirates including Joshamee Gibbs (KEVIN R. McNALLY) and outcasts Pintel (LEE ARENBERG) and Ragetti (MACKENZIE COOK) arrive in Singapore to meet Chinese pirate Captain Sao Feng (CHOW YUN-FAT).

Their hope is to gather the nine pirate lords of the brethren court to stop Beckett, an important task since the British fleet now contains the unbeatable pirate ship, The Flying Dutchman, once commanded by Davy Jones (BILL NIGHY) but now run by Commodore James Norrington (JACK DAVENPORT).

But Feng isn't happy since he's recently caught former blacksmith turned swashbuckler Will Turner (ORLANDO BLOOM) trying to steal navigational maps that will lead him to the end of the world. His desire isn't to defeat Beckett, but rather to gain access to a ship so that he can save his barnacle-covered, half-dead dad, Bootstrap Bill (STELLAN SKARSGÅRD).

After Beckett's forces interrupt the terse meeting, Barbossa and his crew gain control of a boat and similarly set sail for the edge of the world where they hope to rescue recently deceased renegade pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (JOHNNY DEPP) from the purgatory of Davy Jones' Locker. Eventually succeeding at that, and with voodoo priestess Tia Dalma (NAOMIE HARRIS) in tow, the pirates prepare for battle with Beckett and his mighty armada.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, especially if they're fans of the first two films.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JOHNNY DEPP plays a fey pirate who's stuck in the hallucination-filled purgatory of Davy Jones' Locker after being killed in the last film. After being rescued from that, he joins the others to deal with Beckett, but still is really only looking out for himself. He battles the villains, drinks a little, and otherwise appears and acts intoxicated and/or flamboyant.
  • KEIRA KNIGHTLEY plays the Governor's headstrong daughter who leads the pirates into battle against Beckett while constantly being irked with Will, until a sudden change of heart late in the film.
  • ORLANDO BLOOM plays the former blacksmith turned swashbuckler who wants to save his father and will do anything to accomplish that, including double-crossing others.
  • GEOFFREY RUSH plays a pirate who leads the rescue mission for Jack and then clashes with him over control of the crew as they head toward battling Beckett's fleet.
  • BILL NIGHY plays the octopus-faced supernatural being who controls many souls but is now under the command of Beckett and Norrington.
  • STELLAN SKARSGÅRD plays Will's half-dead father who's part of Jones' crew.
  • CHOW YUN-FAT plays a Chinese pirate lord who isn't happy with the others showing up at his headquarters, tortures Will, and battles others.
  • JACK DAVENPORT plays the former commodore who now controls the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, but ultimately helps Elizabeth and others escape.
  • KEVIN R. McNALLY plays Jack's right-hand man on their ship.
  • NAOMIE HARRIS plays a voodoo priestess who helps foresee what's going to happen, has a past with Davy Jones, and a secret of her own.
  • TOM HOLLANDER plays the East India Trading Company commander who wants to rid the world of pirates, and thus has ordered public executions and suspended the rights of most everyone.
  • LEE ARENBERG and MACKENZIE COOK play two crewmates and lowlifes who serve as the comic relief as they assist in the rescue of Sparrow and the battle against Beckett.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this action/adventure flick that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of a handful of minor expletives, while colorful phrases are also uttered. Some sexually related dialogue and innuendo are present, as are varying amounts of cleavage, while there's one slightly sensual scene between a man and woman, as well as what appears to be a slight bestiality joke.

    Action-based, swashbuckling style violence occurs, including successful and attempted murders, ship to ship cannon battles, and all sorts of sword and other style fighting. Some of that material has bloody/gory results, while that, as well as other moments of peril and various visuals (of mutant creatures & monsters, etc.) may be rather intense, suspenseful or downright scary to younger kids, although older ones will probably only find it to be adventurous fun.

    All of the fighting, stunts and Johnny Depp's various fey mannerisms and dialogue may be enticing for some kids to imitate. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while some drinking occurs and a woman realizes her father is dead.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there are flashes of lightning during a storm at sea.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • About being onboard with nothing to drink, one pirate asks why all but the rum is gone, with another adding that the rum's gone as well.
  • Jack imagines interacting with other duplicate versions of himself, with one asking about port (meaning sailing), and Jack saying he prefers rum. The other mentions port as in sailing, where you can get rum and assorted wenches.
  • Beckett and Jack prepare to drink, with Jack drinking both of their shots, with Beckett then pouring more for himself.
  • After using a cannon to fire himself from one ship to another, Jack states, "And that was without a single drop of rum."
  • Jack drinks some rum.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see a pile of shoes with more added to it as they're removed from dead bodies, and we then see bodies being piled several deep on a cart.
  • We see a fisherman chop a recently caught fish in half.
  • We see a blindfolded person who appears to have blood on their face.
  • Some men have bad looking lesions, abrasions and other skin ailments on their faces.
  • Feng has large scars all over his head.
  • A woman who's been shot has a small, bloody bullet hole in her forehead.
  • Tia Dalma has black looking teeth, and various minor and miscellaneous characters also have rotted-looking teeth.
  • The pirates sail into a frozen area, where many are covered by frost and ice. One examines his large toe that snaps off from being frozen solid (no blood).
  • We see a beating and slightly bloody/gooey heart in a treasure chest.
  • We see Jack in a sort of hallucinogenic limbo in Davy Jones' Locker. He experiences or imagines other versions of himself, including one who he shoots over a lone peanut. Moments later, he runs another through with his sword (we see it come out the other side, but sans any blood, although the aggressor version does wipe non-viewed blood off the sword and onto a railing).
  • We see Ragetti's fake eyeball rolling about.
  • Barbossa places Ragetti's fake eyeball in his own mouth, gets it wet, and then pops it into Ragetti's eye socket (not seen in graphic detail).
  • We see an enormous, and dead octopus type creature washed up on the shore.
  • We see a dead person floating face down in some poisoned water, and then see that some sort of device was rammed into their mouth, with the opposite end sticking out of the back of their head (no blood).
  • We see seagulls picking at a dead man's back as the body has been tied to a barrel (and there appears to be some slight blood there).
  • We see some wood sticking out of a man's chest after an explosion impales him (no blood).
  • Bootstrap Bill runs a man through with a sword (with a little bit of bloody results), with that man then doing the same to Davy Jones, but that does him no harm, unlike the man who dies (and is also seen impaled on some wood that's seen sticking out of him).
  • Tia Dalma grabs Barbossa's arm, causing it to turn skeletal (when she lets go, it returns to normal).
  • We see a pile of dead bodies with some seagulls feeding on them.
  • Barbossa pops out Ragetti's fake eye.
  • When a pirate asks his father about his mother, the latter holds up what looks like a shrunken (or at least mummified) head, with the pirate sarcastically saying she looks great.
  • We see an imagined duplicate view of Jack, this time being mostly skeletal. The figure then scratches his exposed brain that he then removes from his open skull, handles, and then licks.
  • Davy Jones' ship fires a cannon into Barbossa's ship, blowing one man off it. Cannon fire is then exchanged between ships, with many people hit, and some aquatic type men seemingly being blasted into nothingness. A few people have slightly bloody wounds.
  • During a battle, Jack cuts off some of Davy Jones' face tentacles.
  • Jack holds a knife to Davy Jones' disembodied but beating heart, threatening to stab it.
  • Bootstrap Bill stabs into a person's chest to remove their heart (as they've become the new Davy Jones). We don't see the impact, but later see a large scar on the person's chest (they're still alive and otherwise don't look any worse for the wear).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Various characters double or even triple cross others to try to get what they want.
  • Various pirates obviously have bad attitudes for who and what they are, as well as their behavior toward others of their own kind.
  • We see the British hanging many people (men, women, and one boy) under Beckett's orders to try to intimidate the rest not to associate with pirates.
  • While in hiding with others down below an open wood floor, Ragetti sneaks a peek up Elizabeth's clothes from below (we don't see what he does). He then gets another man to look, but by then, Elizabeth has moved and an obese man stands there, prompting the man below to look at Ragetti in disgust.
  • Elizabeth agrees to a deal where she's part of the payoff to Feng. In his quarters, she states that some men offer desire to justify their actions. When she asks Feng if she refuses to go along with his, he states he'll take something of hers and then plants a violent kiss on her (but an explosion stops that).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and/or "Blood/Gore" may be unsettling, suspenseful, or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • The appearance of various monstrous type characters, including Davy Jones with his heavily tentacled face, might be unsettling to some younger viewers.
  • We see the British hanging many people (men, women and one boy) in mass executions (we see the nooses placed around the necks, and then the feet and legs dangling beneath right after the moment of impact).
  • We see a pile of shoes with more added to it as they're removed from dead bodies, and we then see bodies being piled several deep on a cart.
  • Feng has Will lifted up from a vat of water where he's tied to a pole for trying to steal maps. When Elizabeth and Barbossa act as if they don't know him, Feng threatens to impale Will, but Elizabeth reacts in horror, thus giving away their lie.
  • Barbossa pilots his pirate ship and it starts to pick up speed, with us then seeing that it's headed for a waterfall. With Barbossa realizing this is the way into Davy Jones' Locker, everyone grabs hold of something on the ship as it plummets over the tall waterfall and disappears into the mist (during that, we see some people sliding down the deck out of control, etc.).
  • While trapped in a hallucinogenic version of Davy Jones' Locker (in what looks like the desert), Jack licks a mysterious rock, throws it aside, and we then see it open up into a large crab. It then signals other such rocks that also turn into crabs, and we initially think they're all headed for him, but their intent is to pick up and carrying his pirate ship under their bodies, across and down the sand to the sea.
  • The crew sees various clothed bodies slowly floating just beneath the surface of the sea as they pass by at night (an eerie visual). They then see single people in small boats also passing by, but they appear "alive" despite really being dead.
  • The crew gets the ship rocking back and forth, trying to tip it over (so that the upside down world in which it's located will suddenly be right again). During this, one person falls overboard, and another falls into some netting where something large lands on them (we see the impact, but not the results). The ship eventually flips over completely, with everyone hanging on while holding their breath underwater.
  • Bootstrap Bill comes out of the wall, seemingly part of it, nearly completely covered in barnacles.
  • When a pirate asks his father about his mother, the latter holds up what looks like a shrunken (or at least mummified) head, with the pirate sarcastically saying she looks great.
  • We see an imagined duplicate view of Jack, this time being mostly skeletal. The figure then scratches his exposed brain that he then removes from his open skull, handles, and then licks.
  • A giant woman suddenly turns into a flood of crabs that flow down onto and then off a ship into the sea. We see one such crab attached to a man's nose, while Ragetti pulls one out from the front of his pants.
  • Davy Jones runs one of his face tentacles onto another man's face, into his mouth, and then out his nose, seemingly killing him.
  • Jack and Davy Jones get into a swordfight way up on a sail boom high above the deck, while hand to hand combat occurs below them where various people are shot, sliced, impaled or otherwise struck. Back up top, Jack cuts off some of Davy Jones' face tentacles, but then dangles from a treasure chest that Davy Jones holds, still up there on the boom. The overall fight continues for many minutes, with many people being wounded or killed, but with little to no bloody results (while all sorts of property damage occurs on the ships that circle around the "edge" of a massive whirlpool).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Pistols/Rifles/Swords/Knives/Cannons/Grenades: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound, or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Please note that there were issues with the audio mix at our press screening, meaning some of the dialogue was hard to hear and/or understand, especially during any action-heavy moments. Accordingly, the following should be considered a minimum: "Bloody hell," "You filthy turd," "No sympathy for your succulent maggots," "Bloody," "Now we're being followed by rocks -- never head that before," "This truly is a Godforsaken place," "Slap me thrice and hand me to my momma," "Everything's gone to pot," "Stow it," "That's just maddeningly unhelpful," "Criminy," "Close your eyes and pretend it's all a bad dream -- that's how I get by," "You're mad," "Geezer," "I'm as content as a cucumber," "Listen to the tool," "(Will you please) Shut it," "Shiver me timbers" and "Keep telling yourself that, darling."
  • All of the fighting, stunts and other such action may be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Jack has at least one gold tooth.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of heavily dramatic, action-oriented, suspenseful, and some ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • Please note that there were issues with the audio mix at our press screening, meaning some of the dialogue was hard to hear and/or understand, especially during any action-heavy moments. Accordingly, the following should be considered a minimum: At least 1 bugger and 1 hell.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see women hanging out on the streets of Singapore who may be prostitutes.
  • We see various shirtless men, some of them bathing, in Singapore.
  • While in hiding with others down below an open wood floor, Ragetti sneaks a peek up Elizabeth's clothes from below (we don't see what he does). He then gets another man to look, but by then, Elizabeth has moved and an obese man stands there, prompting the man below to look at Ragetti in disgust.
  • We see many shirtless duplicate versions of Jack in Davy Jones' Locker.
  • We see Jack in a sort of hallucinogenic limbo in Davy Jones' Locker where there are many duplicate versions of him, including one who appears to like the look of a goat and thus slides over toward it (presumably some sort of bestiality joke, although nothing else occurs).
  • Jack imagines interacting with other duplicate versions of himself, with one asking about port (meaning sailing), and Jack saying he prefers rum. The other mentions port as in sailing, where you can get rum and assorted wenches.
  • We see some miscellaneous cleavage.
  • Elizabeth agrees to a deal where she's part of the payoff to Feng. In his quarters, she states that some men offer desire to justify their actions. When she asks Feng if she refuses to go along with his, he states he'll take something of hers and then plants a violent kiss on her (but an explosion stops that).
  • James kisses Elizabeth.
  • Tia Dalma wears a low-cut dress that shows a lot of cleavage and it appears she might pop out of it at any moment (but doesn't).
  • Miscellaneous men are seen with open shirts in the front.
  • A giant woman shows a lot of cleavage.
  • A giant woman suddenly turns into a flood of crabs that flow down onto and then off a ship into the sea. We see one such crab attached to a man's nose, while Ragetti pulls one out from the front of his pants.
  • Will and Elizabeth passionately kiss during a big fight among others.
  • Elizabeth shows a lot of leg (including upper thigh) as she bends it for Will to remove a boot. He then holds and kisses her leg, causing a look of ecstasy on her face. Nothing else but a clothed, standing kiss occurs between them, as he has to leave.
  • Jack walks along with two busty women (presumably prostitutes who show a lot of cleavage). A great deal of boat-related innuendo flies between them, with Jack saying they won't be disappointed, but one woman then saying it's not very big. He then says she's looking at a dingy, adding that his ship is much bigger, etc. The two women then get into a scuffle over which will be the first to ride it (more innuendo).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A woman realizes her father is dead (seeing him passing by in a boat, but looking alive), and tries to throw him a rescue line to get him to come onboard with them, but he makes no such effort.
  • When a pirate asks his father about his mother, the latter holds up what looks like a shrunken (or at least mummified) head, with the pirate sarcastically saying she looks great.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Pirates (of old and contemporary ones, and how they're viewed differently -- with the former being somewhat romanticized).
  • We see the British hanging many people (men, women, and one boy) under Beckett's orders to try to intimidate the rest not to associate with pirates.
  • The East India Company.
  • There's talk of the green flash (on the horizon at sunset) signaling a soul coming back from the dead.
  • The legend of Davy Jones and his "locker."
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see the British hanging many people (men, women, and one boy) in mass executions (we see the nooses placed around the necks, and then the feet and legs dangling beneath right after the moment of impact).
  • Elizabeth holds a knife to a man's throat, prompting others to hold pistols on her.
  • Feng has Will lifted up from a vat of water where he's tied to a pole for trying to steal maps (meaning he's being tortured).
  • A diminutive pirate whacks a large one on the head with a shovel, knocking him out.
  • The British storm Feng's lair, resulting in a large gun and sword battle between them and Feng and Barbossa's forces. Many people are shot, sliced, and impaled, and some are blown aside by various explosives. Other fighting contact occurs, but most of it's blood-free save for a woman who's shot and has a small, bloody bullet hole in her forehead. Property destruction also occurs, and Feng holds a knife on Will, but that situation is quickly reversed. A monkey then lights a fireworks rockets that launches into a pile of other such fireworks, resulting in a massive explosion.
  • A pirate ship fires its cannons into other vessels, causing property damage and various people to be blown about by the explosions.
  • The pirates sail into a frozen area, where many are covered by frost and ice. One examines his large toe that snaps off from being frozen solid (no blood).
  • We see Jack in a sort of hallucinogenic limbo in Davy Jones' Locker. He experiences or imagines other versions of himself, including one who he shoots over a lone peanut. Moments later, he runs another through with his sword (we see it come out the other side, but sans any blood, although the aggressor version does wipe non-viewed blood off the sword and onto a railing).
  • The crew gets the ship rocking back and forth, trying to tip it over (so that the upside down world in which it's located will suddenly be right again). During this, one person falls overboard, and another falls into some netting where something large lands on them (we see the impact, but not the results).
  • Played lightly, various characters hold their pistols on each other, with some of that aim changing from person to person. When a few try to fire, nothing happens, as the powder is wet. However, and responding to a comment that the pistols could be used as clubs, Ragetti whacks Pintel on the head with his pistol.
  • A large wave capsizes a rowboat and the few people in it at the shoreline.
  • We see a dead person floating face down in some poisoned water, and then see that some sort of device was rammed into their mouth, with the opposite end sticking out of the back of their head (no blood).
  • Feng punches Jack in the nose.
  • A guard punches Will in the gut.
  • A man holds a pistol on Jack.
  • Jack opens two doors into two guards.
  • Cannon and gunfire go back and forth between two ships, while hand to hand combat also occurs, such as Barbossa being in a swordfight with others.
  • An explosion rocks a boat and causes a pirate lord to be impaled on something, resulting in his eventual death.
  • Two ships continue to exchange cannon and gunfire, as hand to hand combat also continues on them, including one of Davy Jones' aquatic men seeming to bite an opponent.
  • Jack knocks Will from the ship.
  • James holds a sword on Bootstrap Bill, and then shoots a rope that others, including Elizabeth, are using to escape from one ship to another (causing some of them to fall into the sea).
  • Bootstrap Bill runs a man through with a sword (with a little bit of bloody results), with that man then doing the same to Davy Jones, but that does him no harm, unlike the man who dies (and is also seen impaled on some wood that's seen sticking out of him).
  • Tia Dalma grabs Barbossa's arm, causing it to turn skeletal (when she lets go, it returns to normal).
  • Davy Jones knocks a teacup from Will's hand.
  • One pirate punches another at a pirate meeting, prompting the equivalent of a barroom brawl to break out (struggling and striking of others). Barbossa finally stops that by firing a shot into the air.
  • Davy Jones grabs Tia Dalma by the throat with his huge claw hand, but doesn't do her any harm.
  • A pirate shoots another.
  • Davy Jones' ship fires a cannon into Barbossa's ship, blowing one man off it. Cannon fire is then exchanged between ships, with many people hit, and some aquatic type men seemingly being blasted into nothingness. A few people have slightly bloody wounds.
  • Davy Jones runs one of his face tentacles onto another man's face, into his mouth, and then out his nose, seemingly killing him.
  • Jack and Davy Jones get into a swordfight way up on a sail boom high above the deck, while hand to hand combat occurs below them where various people are shot, sliced, impaled or otherwise struck. Back up top, Jack cuts off some of Davy Jones' face tentacles, but then dangles from a treasure chest that Davy Jones holds, still up there on the boom. The overall fight continues for many minutes, with many people being wounded or killed, but with little to no bloody results (while all sorts of property damage occurs on the ships that circle around the "edge" of a massive whirlpool).
  • As the battle continues, Jack defends himself from Davy Jones' sword with a board, while Will battles Bootstrap Bill (who seemingly doesn't recognize his son). Elizabeth also battles Davy Jones with swords, while Will runs Davy Jones through with a sword, but it does no harm to him.
  • Davy Jones stabs a sword into a major character, twisting the blade, delivering a mortal wound. Bootstrap Bill then attacks Davy Jones who easily overpowers his attacker.
  • A knife is stabbed down into a disembodied, but still beating heart, thus seemingly causing the death of its former owner.
  • Bootstrap Bill stabs into a person's chest to remove their heart (as they've become the new Davy Jones). We don't see the impact, but later see a large scar on the person's chest (they're still alive and otherwise don't look any worse for the wear).
  • A ship and its crew are sucked into a massive sea whirlpool.
  • Two pirate ships pummel a British ship with cannon fire from both sides, ripping it to shreds, with bodies and pieces of ship flying everywhere (also seen in slow motion to emphasize the destruction). The damaged ship then explodes.
  • Two hookers fight and struggle over who gets to ride Jack's boat first. One then punches Jack, followed by another doing the same to him, prompting him to punch another man, albeit reflexively.



  • Reviewed May 21, 2007 / Posted May 25, 2007

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