Why is Captain Phillips rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Captain Phillips is rated PG-13 for for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use
Violence: Armed hijackers attack and board a ship, firing guns and holding hostages at gunpoint. Men with guns arrive in a village and demand the locals head out to sea to capture cargo ships. Characters argue frequently and loudly. Pushing, shoving and beatings are portrayed. A man is hit several times with the butt of a gun. A character is injured by broken glass and one man has his hand slashed with a knife. Characters are repeatedly threatened with guns. A man is repeatedly shot at after he tries to escape from his captors. Blood splatters cover a man after a shooting.
Sexual Content: A married couple kisses before he leaves for work.
Language: The script contains infrequent scatological slang, mild profanities, terms of Deity and some cursing.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters smoke cigarettes and use an illegal stimulant known as khat.