In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material

Sex & Nudity

  • A man carving the head of a woman and her entire breasts on a piece of whalebone. A few men are shown shirtless. Two couples kiss briefly and one of the couples kisses again for several seconds. A woman says that she is pregnant and touches her abdomen; her belly is flat.

Violence & Gore

  • The film contains scenes depicting sailors cutting up a whale carcass into pieces and extracting oil from the animals blubber. In one instance, a young boy is told to scrap off the last bits of oil from the carcasss cavity. The boy squeezes through a small opening on top of the body and lands in a puddle of oil that is mixed with the animals blood.
  • The film also contains some intense sequences where a whale is seen assaulting a ship and harassing the boats that are carrying survivors. During these assaults, some sailors are thrown overboard and killed by the whales attacks. The attacks are somewhat prolonged and depicted with some bloodletting.
  • A suicide is depicted in which a man places a gun to his head and pulls the trigger.


  • 8 GDs. Hells, 1 bullshit, 'God'/'Jesus' a few times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Periodic drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Numerous skeletons, partially clothed, are evidence that others have previously died in an area.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film contains verbal references to cannibalism. It is implied through a survivor's dialogue that the stranded crew had committed cannibalism as a last resort to preserve their lives. The survivor briefly describes how they had prepared the body and eaten the heart first. At one point, out of desperation, the survivors are seen drawing lots to determine the next person to be sacrificed.

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