Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Sinbad, the legendary Arabian thief, returns in this animated adventure. Sinbad (voice by Brad Pitt) is framed by the goddess Eres (Michelle Pfeiffer) and must clear his name by rescuing the Book of Peace. Sinbad has 12 days to return the book, or his childhood friend, Prince Proteus (Joseph Fiennes), will be killed. Proteus fiance Marina (Catherine Zeta-Jones) accompanies Sinbad to ensure that he completes his task. While on the quest, filled with excitement and danger, Sinbad and the crew face mythical creatures sent by Eres to destroy them and the ship. Sinbad and Marina fall in love, forcing them to decide if they should still try to save Proteus. The rescuers learn that Prince Proteus city will fall if they do not successfully complete their task. The final test for Sinbad involves telling the truth, something with which he struggles.

Overall, Sinbad is an arrogant, selfish thief who is loyal to himself first. Sinbads character matures as he learns to seek the best of others and not just his own desires. His crew encourages him to make better decisions. Marina shows that women can do things as well or better than men. The characters overcome their fears when confronted with challenges, and peoples actions are shown to affect the lives of others. However, the animated film is unfortunately based on a patchwork of ancient mythology. Gods, goddesses and strange creatures of the Zodiac astrology chart perform spells and sorcery. Another negative element is that the film presents the belief that a person does not have to die to go to Paradise. The problem with this PG-rated movie is that what Sinbad does so well is sin bad. Due to some mild sensuality, brief language and an emphasis on astrology and sorcery, Preview cannot recommend the film.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher

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: none.

Obscene Language: none.

Profanity: none.

Violence: moderate several times (giant owl tries to eat people, water-woman creatures try to drown men, man almost gets his head cut off, ship nearly wrecks against rocks, woman knocks out man, man throws woman over his shoulder).

Sex: none.

Nudity: Near Nudity: several (water-women creatures appear to be unclothed).

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: many times (men talk of chasing women, woman holds up bra and suggests that it is from a brothel, men joke about a mans groin).

Drugs: none.

Other: man ties himself to harpoon gun and fires it, the Zodiac symbols are shown to be real, woman casts spells, woman boasts of killing many people, woman told to follow her heart instead of her responsibilities.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: children

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