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Overall B-

Trouble rolls into the coastal town of Port Royal the moment Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lightly sets foot on the local's wooden wharf. His quest to reclaim his ship soon involves a band of pirates and the kidnapping of Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), the Governor's daughter. When an eager young man (Orlando Bloom) attempts to mount a rescue party, the entire British navy becomes involved.

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action/adventure violence.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Movies with love triangles often include two stereotypical male characters, one straight laced and conventional, one more edgy and daring. (See Sweet Home Alabama, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, While You Were Sleeping, Sabrina) Which guy usually gets the girl? Why is he portrayed as the best choice for the heroine? Are those portrayals always realistic?

Although he is completely without morals and willing to do anything to get his way, Jack Sparrow is played as a romantic hero. How do moviemakers win audience support for him? Considering the reality of damage and death he caused, what would be a just punishment for him?

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