Terminal, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Everyone in this romantic comedy is waiting for something. Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is an immigrant waiting in New Yorks Kennedy airport for a valid visa. Airport security officer Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci) is waiting for his supervisor to retire. And Amelia, the glamorous flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is waiting for her lover to leave his wife. Viktors homeland, a small Eastern European country, has been overtaken in a military coup, making Victors passport and visa invalid by U.S. immigration. This means that Viktor cant leave the terminal. Not speaking much English, the befuddled traveler becomes the main attraction on the security cameras. For six months, Viktor makes Gate 67 his home as he teaches himself English, applies for airport jobs and wins the hearts of all who cross his path. The Terminals gentle humor and limited action will appeal more to mature viewers than teenagers. Directed and produced by Steven Spielberg.

Viktor shows good-natured acceptance of rules he doesnt understand and an ability to provide for himself without stealing. When Frank makes it possible for Viktor to escape the terminal and disappear into Manhattan, the foreigner refuses to leave. He naively believes that Frank will be able to get his papers in order. Broke and hungry, Viktor gets a job with an airport construction crew paying $19 an hour, just one way he is able to turn lifes lemons into lemonade. Amelias life revolves around her affair with a married man who is obviously taking advantage of her. She cares about Viktor but keeps the relationship platonic. Viktors accent and struggle with English causes him to mispronounce cheat so that it sounds like the s-word. Several obscenities and profanities give The Terminal a slightly negative rating from Preview, but it is otherwise a thoughtful, entertaining movie with some uplifting moments.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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: Several (6) times mild (hell 1); strong (-ss 5)

Obscene Language: Few (4) times strong (s-word 3, pr-ck 1, foreigners pronunciation of cheap sounds like s-word but is not used as cursing)

Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (G 2); strong (GD 2, J 1)

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (skimpy lingerie used for money in poker game)

Drugs: None

Other: Foreigner wins admiration for overcoming many obstacles, employees gamble, womans affair portrayed negatively

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: 18 and Older

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