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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. »

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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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Why Is Captain Phillips Rated PG-13?


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.

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