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Overall B

After a tragic accident kills his crew, Coast Guard veteran Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) is reassigned to teach at the department's elite training school. Yet even in the classroom, Ben discovers someone who needs saving--a cocky recruit named Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher). Moments of peril and some off-duty antics may endanger this film's suitability for some viewers.

Violence B-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D+
Substance Use C+

Why is The Guardian rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: The Guardian is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality.

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The students and teachers at the Coast Guard’s school work hard and drink hard, although the lingering effects of alcohol seem to disappear when they respond to a crisis call. During a rescue attempt, a helicopter explodes killing several crewmembers, severely burning another and pulling a man underwater. Numerous dead bodies are seen. Casual sex is portrayed between two young adults. Profanities, along with a strong sexual expletive, and brief sexual comments are included.

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