I had a reader ask if I thought Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides was ok for children. I’ve also noticed that people have searched for this and ended up here at Shibley Smiles so I wanted to briefly give you my take.
As you know I was able to go to the premiere in my local area of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides. It was just my husband and I that went. So here are my thoughts, and please take them as you wish as they are my own opinions.
First I will preface by saying that I do not censor too much when it comes to television with my children. My mother didn’t and I believe I came out all right. That said I will change the channel or stop the boys from watching something with too much profanity or nudity/adult content.
Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides is rated PG-13. I believe this is a good rating. I would have no problems letting both my 13 and 11 year old boys watch it. As for a 5-6 year old you have to weigh what you allow your children to watch. The movie does contain some creatures that may or may not scare them. There are sword fights, and brawls, at one point it does appear that a character was killed (can’t give too much away). I don’t recall profanity or adult content of any nature. The movie is long at 2 1/2 hours.
If you asked if it was appropriate for my 5 year old daughter. My answer would be I would allow her to watch it with us but I don’t think it would keep her attention and I would not take her to the movies to see it.
Feel free to ask me any specific questions regarding the movie and I will be happy to answer them for you. I loved the movie and feel the rating on it is appropriate PG-13.
Update (June 19, 2011) I’ve decided to help give you a clear picture of the movie to add to t his review that of a commenter below.
“Some mild references to seduction, a brothel, a claim of pregnancy, and questions of paternity” and well as “drinking” and “Non-stop action/fantasy peril and violence (swords, guns, explosions, zombies, monsters) with some graphic images, many minor characters injured and killed, death of a parent”.
FYI:A minimum age of a child in “Middle School”.