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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [2017] [PG-13] - 4.7.3



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A ghost pirate ship pursues Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) destroying any ship in its path, while he searches out the Trident of Poseidon, which is said to bestow the owner with control of the seas. Also with Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney and Kaya Scodelario. Directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg. [2:09]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man tries to kiss a woman and she slaps him in the face; they then kiss. A man and a woman embrace and kiss. A man is found inside a locked safe with a married woman lying on the floor of the safe; she stands up and leaves the safe holding the bodice of her dress closed (we see cleavage and a portion of her corset). A woman with her hands bound and a noose around her neck falls through a hatch in a platform and a man on the ground below catches her with his head at her crotch and they talk about the position of his hands and his face, referencing ship parts. A man and a woman are flirtatious in a couple of scenes.
 A woman undresses to her undergarments (we see her wearing bloomers and a corset and cleavage and shoulders are exposed) and a man says, "I saw her ankles." A man makes a suggestive remark when he sees a woman touching his telescope. A man makes reference to the size of a part of a man's anatomy and another man says, "That's why he walks funny." A man asks a younger man if his mother ever talks about him and describes her until the younger man interrupts him (implying that the man and the woman might have had a relationship). A man says, "I wish I was hung" while waiting for execution. A man makes a veiled reference to paying women for sex.
 A man is forced to marry a woman with discolored flesh on her face and scabs and darkened teeth; she spits during the ceremony and puckers her lips for a kiss (the man gets away).
 The female statue at the front of a ship is shown with no apparent top and the breasts are visible (it is clearly made of wood and does not look like human flesh but we do see the shape of breasts). A woman's skirt flips up and her bare legs to the thighs are shown briefly. A woman is shown wearing a tight-fitting garment that seems to be made of ribbons that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, sides, back and legs to the hip. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage throughout the movie. Drawings of a mermaid and a merman reveal his bare chest and abdomen and her bare shoulders with her long hair covering her presumably bare breasts. A man is shown with no pants on and we see his bare legs from the thighs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A ship sees evidence of a shipwreck in a dark passageway and is attacked by pirates who board the ship and slash and hack (we hear the sounds of the strikes and see men fall to the deck), a lantern is dropped on the deck and a fire breaks out, one man is run through and we see the blade push through his chest (no blood is evident) and we see blood dripping through the floorboards to the brig below. A ghost pirate ship attacks another vessel and pirates board thrashing and stabbing others (we hear slashing and swishing) and a man holds a blade to another man's throat. A ghost pirate ship crashes through other ships in a few scenes and we see ship rear up like a skeleton and crash down while it makes a menacing noise. Many men on a ship hang upside down by the feet and a ghost pirate stabs several of them (we hear them groan and no blood is shown).
 A ship's captain is held in the air by the throat by a ghost pirate and we hear a crunch as his neck is broken. A ghost pirate passes through the bars of a brig and interrogates a prisoner while a neighboring prisoner is run through (we hear a crunch and a groan). A young man rowing in the belly of a ship shoves an officer out of the way as he pushes his way above deck to warn the captain of the Devil's Triangle; he fights with guards and he is punched in the face (we see blood on his face), and then thrown into the brig. A woman pets a rat and tosses it into a cauldron (we hear it squeal briefly). A man shoots at a ghost pirate and the bullet passes through him and strikes another man killing him (we hear a thud but see no blood). A man is slashed with a sword and we see a bloody wound.
 The ground breaks out from under a woman and two men, and they fall into a pit where they search for an item; two men fight with swords and one is slashed on the face (we see blood), and a man is stabbed in the chest (we see a book under his jacket has caught the blade). A young boy rows a boat at night, throws a weighted bag that is tied to his ankle overboard and is pulled to the bottom of the ocean where he lands on the deck of a sunken ship and the water drains from around him (he is unharmed). Four people hold onto an anchor and they are pulled up toward a ship as another man jumps on and tries to get to the top; a woman loses her grip and falls and a man catches her; a man falls off the chain, stabs another man as he passes him causing them both to fall off and one hits the large anchor (we her a loud clunk). A giant ghost shark leaps out of the water and a man on a small boar nearly jumps into its open mouth. A ghost ship passes from one realm to another causing large stone formations crumble and the ground shakes loudly. A man is held down and another man pulls out his toenail (we hear the man yelling and do not see the resulting injuries).
 A man is bound and gagged and thrown overboard as another man describes that the barnacles on the hull of the ship will tear up his back and that the blood will draw sharks (we see the man unharmed later). Men and women are shown being taken to a square for execution by either hanging or guillotine; a man is placed on the block of a guillotine and he sees two severed heads in a basket, while a woman has a noose placed around her neck. A woman and two men are caught in traps and pulled into trees in a jungle. A man is tied to a ship's mast and threatened with a sword to his throat. A man is slammed through the hull of a ship by a cannon.
 A woman with her hands bound and a noose around her neck falls through a hatch in a platform and a man on the ground below catches her (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). Many men with guns open fire on a man who was found inside a safe; the man drops to the floor and gets away unharmed as the safe and the building it is in are pulled away from the gunfire by a team of horses. A man is dragged by the ankle along a dirt road and he is chased by armed guards; the building he was in is also being dragged and it breaks through many other buildings in the town (some are destroyed) and one man in the building is thrown out. A man fires a cannon and hits a platform where a man is strapped into a guillotine; the platform spins with the man still in the guillotine and the blade comes dangerously close to him several times before he is flipped into the air and the blade crashes down in front of him (he is unharmed). A man leaves a bar with a bottle of liquor and is shot at on the street; the bottle is struck and it shatters. A man shoots toward three musicians and they run out of the room. A man in a small boat is attacked by a shark, he lassoes the shark and it pulls him to shore where he is thrown to safety.
 Two men with swords fight and one man with a wooden plank strapped to his chest is stabbed (the wood stops the point from touching him). A man with a gun threatens a man and a woman; they run and the unarmed man throws the woman off a roof and onto a carriage filled with hay. A man is punched in the face repeatedly. A woman slaps a man in the face. A woman in a jail cell picks the lock, opens the door and knocks out a priest standing outside; she runs away chased by guards. A large safe is opened and a man is found sleeping inside with a woman on the floor of the safe (she's another man's wife). Several guards grab and bind a woman in a hospital. A man in a cell grabs another man outside the cell around the throat then lets him go. Two men fight on a ship we see them scrapping briefly and then fall to the deck. A man threatens a woman if she does not give him information. A man holds a blade to the back of another man's neck. A man holds a gun to another man's head.
 A man threatens another man to, "Find her or you will swing." A man says, "I am death" in a couple of scenes. A character says, "Dead men tell no tales." A sign reads, "No Dogs, No Women." A man tells another man, "You've lost your luck." A man tells another man, "If they disembowel you, mention my name and they won't cut your feet off." A man says, "I'd kill to get stoned" (to death). A man talks about being hanged and that, "Men swing for hours," if their necks don't break. A ship is named, "Dying Gull." A man says, "I would run my blade across his throat." A plaque reads, "Hangman Bay." A man says that he wants to eat a monkey and the monkey shoves a cloth in the man's mouth.
 Several naval battles show ships firing on each other and we see ships splintering with each strike. A naval battle shows several ships exchanging cannon fire and flames engulf the decks and masts; we see a man in flames fall overboard and into the ocean and a man is shown with a bloody wound on his head. Several ships engage in a battle and shoot cannons at each other; the crew of one ship boards the other and they fight with swords stabbing each other (no blood is seen); two men jump back and forth across cannons as they slash at each other and the female statue at the front of one ship becomes animated and tries to spear one of the men.
 Many ghost sea creatures are into the ocean and they advance toward people swimming away (the creatures are sharks but are barnacle-covered, are missing flesh and we see exposed rib cages). A ghost pirate bird lands on the railing of a ship, scaring the man who sees it.
 We see a couple of characters with barnacle covered skin. Many ghost pirates are shown in various stages of decay; some are skeletal with missing parts of their heads and faces and one has skin that looks like stone with cracks in it and he drools black goo. A man is shown with discolored and long fingernails. A man is shown with a metallic peg leg. Many human skulls and bones decorate a pirate ship. A woman has a discolored tooth. A man is shown with a large scar and stitches on the back of his head.
 A bird defecates on a man's shoulder (we see white goo). A man falls off a fence and lands in pig slop (we see him covered head to toe). A man scratches his scalp using a metal pin (we hear the racking of flesh). A rat sits on a woman's shoulder. A rat crawls through a skull in the background of a scene.

PROFANITY 3 - 4 sexual references, 1 scatological term, exclamations (bloody), name-calling (pathetic bilge rats, witch, orphan born of the devil, trollop, gutless, cannibal, traitor, coward, thief, supernatural nonsense, filthy beast, wicked wenches, evil spawn, butcher of the sea, dimwit, brains of a goat), 1 religious exclamation (My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man locked inside a safe is shown holding and drinking from a bottle of liquor as he stumbles out of the safe (presumably drunk), a man drinks from a bottle of liquor on a street until it is shot and it shatters, a man is represented as being drunk all the time.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Treasure, curses, fate, witches, science, legends, blood moon, treason, Poseidon, astronomy, horology, mutiny, debt, myths, alcoholism.

MESSAGE - Helping loved ones can be a strong motivating force.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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