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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.
Why Is The Guardian Rated PG-13?
The Guardian is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality.
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The students and teachers at the Coast Guard’s school work hard and drink hard, although the lingering effects of alcohol seem to disappear when they respond to a crisis call. During a rescue attempt, a helicopter explodes killing several crewmembers, severely burning another and pulling a man underwater. Numerous dead bodies are seen. Casual sex is portrayed between two young adults. Profanities, along with a strong sexual expletive, and brief sexual comments are included.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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The Guardian splashes down on DVD with an alternate ending (introduced by director Andrew Davis) and an audio commentary (also with director Andrew Davis). Two featurettes are included as well: Making Waves (the making of The Guardian) and Unsung Heroes (a tribute to the real-life Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers). Audio tracks are available in English, French and Spanish (all Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround), with subtitles in French and Spanish.