In the Heart of the Sea parents guide

In the Heart of the Sea

A whale hunts the hunters.

Overall B-

When a whaling ship heads out to hunt the giants of the sea, the sailors never expect to become the prey instead of the predator. This movie is based on the true story of the Nantucket Essex, which inspired the novel, Moby Dick.

Release date December 11, 2015

Violence C-
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use C

Why is In the Heart of the Sea rated PG-13? The MPAA rated In the Heart of the Sea PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.

Run Time: 121 minutes

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In the Heart of the Sea
Rating & Content Info

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Why is In the Heart of the Sea rated PG-13? In the Heart of the Sea is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.

Violence: Intense scenes depict characters in constant peril from storms and rough weather, attacking sea creatures, and reckless choices from a commanding officer. Damage to the ship, fire in the hold, bloody injuries and drowning result. A character is dangled over the side of a ship. Characters face shipwreck and long periods of starvation—some die. Gun threats are made, and one character shoots himself (partially seen). Corpses are shown. Cabalism is discussed in some detail and the eating of human flesh is implied. Whale hunting is portrayed—the animal is pursued with gleeful enthusiasm, then harpooned and eventually killed (some bloody images and danger to the crew are shown). A whale is butchered, and the dismembered flesh and gory body fluids are seen. A boy is forced to crawl into the carcass of a dead and putrid animal to retrieve whale oil. Characters describe an encounter with a large whale that sunk a ship, killed seamen and caused a survivor to lose a limb. Characters are verbally insulted, bullied and pressured by others to lie.

Sexual Content: Couples embrace and kiss. The anticipated birth of a child is discussed. A character draws a picture of a woman with naked breasts. Vomiting is depicted. Prostitutes are briefly seen. Some sexual innuendo is heard.

Language: Mild and moderate profanity is heard, along with frequent use of terms of deity as expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink alcohol during dinners, on board ship and at taverns. One character drinks to forget painful memories, and another has pledged to stay off the bottle. Alcohol is used to ply information out of a man reluctant to speak. Characters infrequently use tobacco.

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In the Heart of the Sea
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Violence, Disturbing Content, Not Recommended For Young Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence, Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

In the Heart of the Sea is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of In the Heart of the Sea movie is March 8, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: In the Heart of the Sea
Release Date: 8 March 2016
In the Heart of the Sea releases to home video (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following special features:
- Whale Tales: Melville’s Untold Story
- The Hard Life of a Whaler
- Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage
- LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: The Real-Life Sequel to Moby Dick
- Commanding the Heart of the Sea
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Ron Howard: Captain’s Log

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The novel inspired by the events portrayed in this movie also inspired the film version of Moby Dick. Whales are depicted as gentle sea creatures in Free Willy, Big Miracle and Whale Rider. Other characters try to survive at sea in Lifeboat, Cast Away, Unbroken and Life of Pi.

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