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Pearl Harbor

In recreating the events surrounding the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor, director Michael Bay has tried to do it all---a romance for the girls, with not one but two gorgeous heroes, and enough body-throwing, ship-sinking explosions to keep any guy glued to his seat--all this in only three hours. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

During a night on the town, one soldier abstains from engaging in the passionate encounters of the evening, saying that he wants to come back from fighting knowing the best part of life is still ahead. Do you think it was difficult for him to abstain? Did this show his true love and respect for the young woman he was with that night?

“A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war.” What did Admiral Yamamoto mean by this? Do you think he had some hesitations about the war and realized the danger he was putting his own young Japanese soldiers into during the attack?

How were minorities portrayed in this film including the black soldiers and President Roosevelt’s assistant? How many native Hawaiians did you see in this movie?

For more information about the Pearl Harbor attack, check out www.pearlharborattacked.com or Pearl Harbor Remembered at www.execpc.com/~dschaaf/mainmenu.html

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