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MPAA Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • A man is hit once in the head with a large wrench and injured. We see blood flowing from a wound.
  • Several men attack another man with a knife and stab him in the hand. We see a bloody wound.
  • A man walks barefoot on broken glass. His feet bleed heavily and we see bloody wounds.
  • A man is hit hard on the back with a rifle-butt.
  • A man attacks another young man; he punches and chokes the man, but is pulled off by two other men and hit in the head. We see a bloody gash.
  • A man is tied up with his arms above his head. Bloody marks are later seen around his wrists when the ropes are removed.
  • At several points in the movie, a man is briefly beaten by four other men. In one scene, he is hit in the stomach and a gun is held to his throat.


  • 1 x "Jesus", possibly prayerfully.
  • "Shit" is said at least once and appears twice in subtitles.
  • 1 use of "bastard".
  • You can hear "fuck" in the pirates dialogue a couple times, but they're very easy to miss.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Pirates shown lighting and smoking cigarettes, as well as eating khat leaves.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The entire movie is very intense after the first 20 minutes or so. The main character is under constant threat, as are dozens of other supporting characters.
  • Pirates fire machine guns at several people at different points in the movie.
  • The final 30 minutes of the movie are incredibly intense and features some fairly strong violence. The ending may also be emotionally intense for some people.


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

Violence & Gore

  • Three men are shot in the head offscreen. We see a large amount of blood fly onto walls and also a large amount onto a fourth man who yells and panics.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Captain Phillips is covered in blood during the medical attention and explains that not all of it is his.

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