Pearl Harbor

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: -2

The son of a 1920s flying cropduster, Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) dreams of being a military pilot. With his best friend Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett), the farm boys become crack pilots in the Army Air Corps of the 1940s. When poor grammar scores and a slight dyslexia threaten his flying career, Rafe talks nurse Evelyn Johnson (Kate Beckinsale), into approving his medical chart. But he also talks Evelyn into a date. Although they fall deeply in love, Rafe is headed for England to help the Royal Air Force defend London against German bombers, while Evelyn and Danny are shipped to Hawaii. When Evelyn hears Rafes plane was shot down, her heartache is shared by Danny and as time passes, the two find mutual attraction. But Rafe survives the crash and returns several months later, creating an awkward, emotional triangle. But the romantic tangle takes back seat as a Japanese invasion force cripples the Pacific naval fleet with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. After surviving the massive assault at Pearl, the two pilots are picked by Air Corps Colonel Doolittle (Alec Baldwin), as part of his secret mission to bomb Tokyo. Neither may come back alive to Evelyn. Cuba Gooding, Jr. portrays Dorie Miller, the first black man to receive the Navy Cross medal for heroism for his actions at Pearl, and Jon Voight takes on the role of a determined and decisive President Roosevelt. An inspiring and patriotic production, PEARL HARBOR captures audiences attention, despite its three-hour length.

Despite the massive explosions and war casualties, the violent scenes refrain from gory depiction. However, a few serious burn victims are seen and blood spurts from one patient’s neck wound. A priest giving last rites tells a dying patient to hold on to faith in God. To his credit, Rafe abstains from a sexual encounter with Evelyn, choosing instead to wait. But another scene implies premarital sex occurs and the event creates realistic emotional distress as well as a pregnancy. Unfortunately, the dialogue includes God’s name used in vain numerous times along with several obscenities. In fact, one advisor reportedly left the production, objecting to the amount of foul language. Sadly, modern retelling of this historical event features frequent strong profanity which seriously detracts from the heroism and fascination of PEARL HARBOR.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Touchstone Pictures (Disney), 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

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 16,moderate 13

Obscene Language: Several (7) times - S-word 6, other 1

Profanity: Many (32) times - Regular 21 (GD 10, G 7, J 3, JC); exclamatory 11 (OMG 5, OG 3, My G 3)

Violence: Many times - Moderate, few graphic (man slaps son, boy hits man w/board, nurses give injections, fall hits nose on tray, blood on plane canopy, boxing match, punches, extensive combat scenes w/explosions, bodies tossed by explosions, implied drownings, severe burn wounds, blood-spurting neck wound, dead bodies floating in water, plane crashes, shootings)

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple - no nudity)

Nudity: Near Nudity - Few times (men in underwear, partial rear of male patient, woman in nightgown/slip, womens bras seen a few times)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (men discuss how to impress women, nurses talk about seeing soldiers in underwear, sensual kisses, mans hand on womans rear during dance, nurse comments thinking about how to sin during church service, couples kissing leads to rolling on floor with sex implied)

Drugs: Several times - beer/alcohol drinking, drunken behavior, cigars smoked

Other: Man comments about seeing things in war no one should see, man talks nurse into approving medical form despite mild dyslexia, man abstains from sexual encounter, Japanese commander called brilliant replies brilliant man would avoid war, emotional reaction to premarital sex shown - pregnancy result, friends support each other, men show heroism/bravery, chaplains deliever last rites - tells dying man to hold on to faith, man tells another to pray for both

Running Time: 183 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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