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Is 'Passengers' OK for your family?

Posted December 30, 2016

LONELY, LONELY SPACE — One of the most intriguing films to me this holiday season is “Passengers.” I wasn’t expecting this movie to change my life or be the best film of the year, but I was hoping it would be entertaining and it’s an original film, which always gets me interested.

The films stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two passengers aboard a 120-year journey to a new planet, only to be woken up from hibernation 90 years too early. The movie has some real missteps, but overall it’s entertaining and that’s what I was hoping for. But I’m not here to tell you if the movie is worth checking out or not— that’s Dave Clyde’s job and you can check out his review here.

I’m here to let you know if you should be taking the family to see “Passengers.”

As always, I cannot tell you if “Passengers” is appropriate for you or your kids, as I don’t know your kids and I don’t know what you deem appropriate or inappropriate. What I do is let you know what kind of content you can expect to see, and that way, you can make an informed decision.

Here’s what you need to know about “Passengers:”

Violence/Peril/Tone

Overall, “Passengers” isn’t as violent as I thought it might be. Truth be told, it’s not very violent at all. There is a moment when one character attacks another and it’s an intense scene, but it doesn’t last long.

What it lacks in violence, it makes up for in peril. The characters are put in life or death situations and it can be quite intense for those who don’t do well with that kind of tension. I’d say the tone and peril help “Passengers” earn its PG-13 rating.

Language

This is another area that surprised me. I thought for sure this would be a movie with a fair amount of language and would contain at least one utterance of the so-called R-rated word. When I walked out of the theater I realized the language was very mild, more like something you’d hear on a network show, and there were no “R-rated” words.

The conversations are still very adult; they just don’t include much cursing. The actual “harsh” language is more like a PG movie, but the feel of the conversations and situations are very much a PG-13 level.

Sexiness

This is the category where “Passengers” earns its PG-13 rating and probably got close to earning an R with the MPAA. My guess is the lack of language and violence made up for the nudity and sex to help “Passengers” keep a PG-13 rating.

There are multiple sex scenes including rear and side nudity, both male and female. I had heard in interviews and read in articles that there was some nudity in the film, but I thought it was one scene, not multiple. In a lot of ways, “Passengers” is a romance and they play that card pretty heavily during the second act.

One instance of nudity is played for comedic effect and didn’t seem too terribly offensive, but a few more instances didn’t feel necessary and were mostly used as an opportunity to try and make the movie “sexier.”

The nudity is not graphic, per se, but it is very evident, and for a good 20 minutes or so of the movie, it will show up several times.

Conclusion

From a violence and language perspective, “Passengers” feels like a PG-13 movie mainly because of tone and not because of what’s actually shown. From a sex and nudity standpoint, “Passengers” more than earns its rating and is bordering on an R rating.

I wasn’t offended by the film and still enjoyed it, even though I didn’t find those scenes necessary, but some may find it more offensive than I did.

“Passengers” is rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril.

John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.

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