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What parents should know about 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Posted June 12

THE OPEN SEA — Disney has been early to the punch this summer movie season with two major movie releases in May alone: First, we got "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2" which released May 5 and now this week we are getting “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

If you are a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise fan, I am sure you made up your mind to see this film even while it was still an ethereal rumor. For those of you who want to see the film but may not be willing to take your children without knowing what you're diving into, you've come to the right place.

Here is what to expect from a (spoiler free) parent's perspective.

Violence

If you have seen any of the previous four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, you know exactly what to expect in terms of violent content — it is all very swashbuckling and stylized. There is no explicit gore in this film as can be expected, but there are definitely some scenes that may cause you to jump a little.

In one scene in particular, you see two severed heads in a basket without much of a warning. This caught me off guard a little for the shock factor. I am also the kind of guy who is surprised when he sees heads not attached to bodies in general.

Beyond that, we get a pretty detailed look inside of some human and shark ghost bodies as they have presumably decomposed over time. The way Captain Salazar and his undead crew are portrayed is actually a pretty cool effect in the movie, but could be a little unsettling to some people or really young viewers.

Sexuality/nudity

This film stays true to its previous formulas when it comes to any sort of romantic relationships between characters: There is nothing graphic and things are only hinted at. There is plenty of innuendo to go around, with some of it funny and clever, while much is not.

As far as nudity goes, don’t expect much in this department, either. However, we do get a scene where Captain Jack Sparrow is not wearing any pants, but I am pretty sure we see this exact same scene in the preview, and it's not much to speak of.

Language

Offensive language is not a concern in this movie, although, there is a funny misunderstanding as to what the definition of a "horologist." But overall, your children won’t be exposed to any new terms or concepts that may be uncomfortable to explain at family dinner.

Intense action

This is a film about outlaws of the sea produced by Jerry Bruckheimer so expect a lot of intense action. The "Pirates" franchise is built almost entirely upon the promise of intense action and this one delivers at 110 percent.

The action in this film is nonstop with what I believe is an attempt to outdo any and all of the previous movies with intensity almost to a fault. This is fun for most people, but if you have children who are particularly sensitive to a lot of stimulus, this is not the movie for them.

Conclusion

This film is rated PG-13 for a reason so if you think your younger children may not be ready for any of these elements I have discussed, use your best discretion. If you haven’t seen any of the previous "Pirates" movies and this is your first, this should be a pretty good guide as to what to expect with the others.

For the full movie review and an opinion about the merits of the film, read John Clyde’s article here.

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