Perfect Storm, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Based on true events, this tense story recreates the October 1991 collision of three major weather systems off the New England coast. Gloucester, Massachusetts, one of the major commercial fishing ports on the North Atlantic, is home to the swordfish boat "Andrea Gail" and its captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney). A veteran fisherman, Billy is in the middle of a slump, bringing in disappointing catches. Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg) sees the usually lucrative fishing job as a way to pay his debts and start a new life with his girlfriend, Christina (Diane Lane). Feeling his luck is about to change, Tyne takes Bobby and four other crewmen on the "Andrea Gail" for the seasons final run, deep into the Atlantic for a record catch. Behind them, nature spawns a fierce hurricane-fed monster called the perfect storm. Unknown to the crew, to get back to port, the "Andrea Gail" will have to go through the massive storm. Also caught in the storm, a small sailboat on its way to the Bahamas challenges the rescue efforts of an Air Force helicopter and the Coast Guard. Audiences will be caught up in the rescue efforts and the struggle to survive THE PERFECT STORM.

As the crews come to port after days at sea, they head to the dockside bar for rest and relaxation, which usually means alcohol, cigarettes and women. Sex is implied to take place in the rooms above the bar, as the chandelier shakes after a comment to that effect. Capturing the realities of the fishing industry, viewers are treated with huge swordfish pulled aboard with grappling hooks, bloody entrails being pulled out, and headless fish bodies being packed with ice. Crews also have to deal with a shark washed onto the deck and occupational hazards like huge fishhooks through the hand and near drowning. And of course, the crews swear like the sailors they are. But the community also gathers in the bar for mutual support as they worry about the "Andrea Gail" crew, and crowds overflow the church for a service. However, in the midst of the storm, prayer seems a last resort. The bravery and dedication of the rescue crews are inspiring, but graphic injuries, vulgar language and sexual content seriously darken THE PERFECT STORM.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (29) times Mild 12, moderate 17

Obscene Language: Many (17) times S-word 12, f-word 2 (mouthed once), other 3

Profanity: Many (25) times Regular 19 (GD 12, G, J 4, G sake 2, C sake); exclamatory 6 (OMG 2, OG, Thank G 2, Lord)

Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (dead body in bag, bloody fish, beer spit at man, fishhook in hand, man nearly drowns, shark bites mans boot, shark shot, fish hooked and pulled aboard ship, entrails pulled from fish, medicine injection, bloody mouth, storm damage, helicopter crash, drowning)

Sex: Implied few times (men and women going to bedroom, ceiling lights shake, man in womans bed)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times Sensual kissing, reference to sex acts, joke about fishing with long pole, man uses sexual comment to pick up woman, man asked if night was worth black eye, woman hints at future activity, man uses sexual insult)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking, drunken behavior condoned, cigarettes, reference to drug use

Other: Loyalty/respect to ship captain shown, community supports one another, divorced father shows love for son, shipmates save one another, man vomits water, bravery/dedication shown by rescue crews, prayer commented as last resort

Running Time: 135 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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