Cast Away

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1/2

In this Robinson Crusoe-like tale, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a systems analyst for FedEx, is ruled by the clock and his pager. At a moments notice, he jumps a plane to follow packages around the world, making sure their delivery is on time and figuring how to get them there faster. His fiancee, Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt), waits patiently for his return to Memphis. But on a routine Christmas trip, Chucks flight across the Pacific Ocean changes course to avoid a storm. A mysterious explosion on board sends the plane crashing into the sea. The sole survivor of the accident, Chuck lands on a deserted island where time stands still as he deals with the basic needs of survival. Four years pass before he escapes, but four years can hold many changes. Chuck survives the physical challenges of island isolation, but can he survive the emotional challenges of being found? Audiences should enjoy this story about the human will to survive, but may feel there was too much island and not enough return to civilization.

Hanks turns in another strong performance in this largely one-man show. Although God is never mentioned, except in one frustrating moment when used in vain, Chuck draws spiritual strength and hope from a package painted with angel wings. He also keeps a picture of Kelly to inspire him. Sadly, theres no mention of prayer. To deal with loneliness on the island, Chuck paints a face on a soccerball and makes it his imaginary companion. Thinking Chuck died in the crash, Kelly marries. Although shes prepared to leave her family when Chuck returns, he upholds Kellys commitment as wife and mother. Using Gods name in vain once and a couple of obscenities, while understandable in the circumstances, detract from this otherwise enjoyable film for older teens and adults.

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: Once - Mild

Obscene Language: Few (2) times - S-word

Profanity: Several (5) times - Regular (GD), Exclamatory (OMG 3, MG 1)

Violence: Few times Moderate (man hits head, plane crash, dead body, leg cut on coral, blood in water, gross leg wound, bloody cut on hand, man hits tooth to remove)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity - Few times (Male rear from side)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (man/ woman answer door in underwear implied adultery, sensual kiss, couple living together, joke about pager vibrating in bed, comment about good time in car)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking at party

Other: Man survives hardship on island, urination, reference to suicidal thoughts, man turns soccerball into companion, man inspired by angel wing logo and picture of girlfriend, man tells woman her family needs her

Running Time: 145 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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