Picture from U-571
Overall B-

Commanding officer Mike Dahlgren's (Bill Paxton) crew is surprised when they are assigned to an aging S-33 WWI sub that has been retrofitted to look like a German U-boat. From intelligence officer Lt. Hirsch (Jake Weber) they learn another German U-boat lies disabled in the Atlantic and their mission is to fool the German crew on board into thinking help has arrived so they can take control of the lame sub, and an encryption device it carries.

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for war violence.

Talk to your kids about…


When a German commander orders his crew to begin firing upon a lifeboat full of helpless survivors, the crew is reluctant to do so. Often in movies, everyone on the side of the enemy is depicted as being completely bad or evil. What examples can you find in U-571 that demonstrate shades of grey between good and evil, and do you think these portrayals are more realistic?.