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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+

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

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What impact can a rescue worker’s job have on his or her family? What personal strain might be caused when these personnel have to make life or death decisions?

What teaching techniques does Randall employ to weed out the weaker candidates at the training school? Are these methods too harsh or are they necessary for the job?

Randall and Fischer do more than save people from the ocean. In what ways do they rescue one another? What does Randall mean when he tells the cadets to “honor your gift, save the ones you can and let the others go”?

Maggie, the bartender, says getting old is earned. What does she mean? How does she feel about her wrinkles and graying hairs? What lessons does age bring?

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