Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1/2

Set in 1938, this science-fiction/action film has the feel of old films from that era such as Orson Wells War of the Worlds or the classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. Famous scientists have mysteriously disappeared all around the world, and newspaper reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) has been sent to investigate. While following a lead, Polly hears air-raid sirens and discovers that New York City is under attack by 100-foot-tall robots and strange flying machines. She meets up with ace pilot Sky Captain (Jude Law), an old flame with whom she has a love/hate relationship. They travel around the world to discover who is responsible for the attack. Along the way, they hook up with an extraordinary woman, Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), who has a unique relationship with Sky Captain and is a bit of a threat to Polly. Together they attempt to save the world from disaster.

The silly story is all part of the fun in this clever film. With its dated feel and array of strange mechanical devices, this is not your typical, modern-day sci-fi flick. A brief close-up of a partially decaying corps is one of some mildly frightening images. The sci-fi war violence also makes this movie unsuitable for small children. A mad man attempts to play God by destroying the world and then repopulating it again. For the most part, this is a good vs. evil story, but there is no profound moral message. There are nine occurrences of bad language, and parents are strongly cautioned and should view this film before allowing children to see it. But if not for six profane uses of God, this film would have received a positive acceptability rating from Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer

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: Few (3) times mild (hell 1, damn 2)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Several (6) times moderate (MG 5, G 1)

Violence: Many times mild (punching and hitting, man hits a woman to knock her out so she will not follow him); moderate (several battle sequences with large guns shooting at sci-fi flying planes, robots kicking cars and knocking down buildings, man is killed by electricity, man fights with robot)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (one woman and two men wake up in bed together nude but covered by blankets and no sex implied, painting of nudes and other artwork is briefly seen)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (comment about nipples being cold is spoken in another language with subtitles)

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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