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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

Nude drawings of several women can be seen. A woman breastfeeding a child; harlots standing for the artist in seductive poses, their entire bodies exposed. Illustrated breasts, genitals and pubic hair can be seen. These drawings are seen several times, but all briefly. -- 12

A young woman asks a man to draw her with nothing but a diamond on. She comes out of a room in a kimono and undresses herself. Frontal nudity only chest area. Her public are is always covered by the painting canvas. She lies down on a couch as the man draws her. Her bare chest area is shown a couple times during this, including the sketch of the drawing itself. The drawing, however, appears several times throughout the first half of the film. The scene lasts for about 2 and a half minutes. -- 12 (relatively discreet)

The woman and man get into a car and cuddle. She kisses one of his fingers, before telling him to put his hands on her. She guides his hand to one of her breasts and he kisses her. She lies down underneath him and the sequence ends there. In the next scene, the car is shown from the side. The woman's hand slams up against its back window in ecstasy. From inside, the man is seen on top of her, while her body is covered with his overcoat. They kiss one time, and in response, she kisses his temple. He lay his head down on her chest as she strokes his hair and caresses him. Nothing inappropriate is shown. -- 12 (sex only implied)

The main deuteragonists are seen kissing many times in the film. -- U

One subtle reference to homosexuality. -- PG

A subtle reference of "the male occupation with size". -- U (unlikely to be understood by younger viewers)

Sex/Nudity as a whole -- 12

Violence & Gore

The sinking sequence lasts for well over an hour. We see many people dying, and in several different ways; Drowning, being crushed, jumping from heights to their deaths; freezing, electrocution, and being shot. As a ship's stern stands vertically, we see dozens of people falling onto each other and into the water below. Some hit railings on the way down. Incredibly upsetting, overall. -- 12-15 borderline (strong intense threat felt throughout sequence although most 12-year-old will be able to handle it)

A lifeboat makes its way back to a crowd of bodies in the ocean. The overall atmosphere goes from very loud with tons of movement and panic, to near-complete silence. Eerie and depressing. As the boat rows through, we see multiple dead bodies. Some are shown in close ups, including a mother holding her baby and a woman whose eyes are clearly frozen. -- 12 (some grisly images, but with very little detail)

Two men are shot on the deck by a crew member. One falls behind a crowd while another is shot in the chest and falls. We see a stream of blood running down a boat deck. The member then commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. He falls off the ship and into the water below. This scene isn't too graphic. -- 12 (violence is undetailed and, though upsetting, is a major part of the plot)

A man becomes angry with his fiance, flips over a table, and pins her down in a chair. When he leaves, we see her scared and crying. In a later scene, he slaps her across the face. -- 12 (clear gender imbalance, but the violence is not strong and seeks to expose the man as an evil character)

Violence as a whole -- 12-15 borderline


A girl gives one man the middle finger while she and another man laugh. -- PG/12

Uses of "bloody" and "bollocks." -- PG

Two sexual expletives ("fuck"), once in English, once in Italian (unsubtitled) -- 12

God's name is said in vain. -- PG

Language as a whole -- 12

Cigarettes and cigars are smoked throughout the film. The male protagonist is seen smoking. -- U

Passengers drink wine, beer, and whiskey. -- U

Champagne is always present in first-class dinners.-- U

A third class party shows many people either drunk or drinking beer. The female protagonist, a 17-year-old, drinks a large amount of beer at once and takes another man's cigarette. -- PG

A man can be seen taking a swig of whiskey while the ship is sinking. -- U

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking as a whole -- PG

As mentioned above in the "Violence & Gore" section, the sinking sequence lasts over an hour and is very intense. Passengers, including the main characters, are consistently shown in peril. Considering that the film is based on a true story, the overall emotional intensity can result in distress for viewers. After the sinking, dozens of frozen bodies, pale and macabre in appearance, float in the water. The two main characters suffer from exposure to the water, and one dies. -- 12-15 borderline (strong sense of threat accompanies some quite intense violence)

Another notably tense scene (far before the sinking) includes a main character contemplating suicide, and running to the back of the ship. Whilst changing her mind, she accidentally slips on a rail, almost falling overboard. She screams and cries for help with a man trying to help her up. This is the most distressing and tense scene before the sinking. -- 12 (suicide theme)

Horror as a whole -- 12

Ratings: U -- Universal (suitable for all), PG -- Parental Guidance, 12 -- Unsuitable for under 12s, 15 -- Unsuitable for under 15s, 18 -- Suitable only for adults.

FILM AS A WHOLE: 12. Unsuitable for under 12s. Advice: Contains infrequent sexual expletives, intense disaster scenes and moderate horror.

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Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Belgium:KT / Brazil:12 (also 3D version) / Brazil:Livre (edited TV version) / Canada:PG (Alberta/Ontario) / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Chile:TE / Finland:K-11 / France:U / Germany:12 (w) / Greece:K-13 / Hong Kong:IIA / Iceland:12 / Iceland:10 (2012 re-rating) / India:UA / Ireland:12 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:G (3D version) / Mexico:A / Netherlands:12 / Norway:15 (original rating) / Norway:11 (re-rating) (2012) / Peru:PT / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / Singapore:PG (cut) / Singapore:PG13 (edited 3D version) / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) / UK:12 / USA:PG-13

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