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Captain Phillips

In 2009, pirates on the high seas seemed a romanticized thing of the past -- until a US cargo ship was hijacked by a group of armed men from Somali. This movie dramatized the real life events that Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks) and his crew endured during the hostile takeover. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 134
Theater Release: 11 Oct 2013
Video Release: 21 Jan 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Captain Phillips is rated PG-13: for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use

Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, John Magaro
Studio: 2013 Columbia Pictures
Website: Official site for Captain Phillips.

Detailed Review

It begins like a schoolyard game of baseball—two captains picking players for their teams. But instead of bats, these kids carry guns. Their teams are made up of young… 
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Why Is Captain Phillips Rated PG-13?

Violence: Armed hijackers attack and board a ship, firing guns and holding hostages… 
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Talk It Over

Learn more about the 2009 pirate attack on the US cargo ship Maersk Alabama here:… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

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