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Greyhound | 2020 | PG-13 | – 0.5.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Greyhound” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “war-related action/violence and brief strong language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many scenes of sea battles with Navy ships trying to avoid submarine attacks, many ships are blown up and we understand that many people died and we see a few rescued from the water, a burial at sea for three men, and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Based on C. S. Forester’s novel “The Good Shepherd”: A newly commissioned US Navy commander (Tom Hanks) of a destroyer leads and defends an Allied convoy crossing the Atlantic toward Europe in 1942, while being relentlessly hunted by several Nazi submarines. Also with Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Michael Benz and Rob Morgan. Directed by Aaron Schneider. [Running Time: 1:31]

Greyhound SEX/NUDITY 0

 – A man asks a woman to join him on a trip so that he can ask her to marry him on a sandy beach; she declines. A man tells a woman how he feels whenever he sees her.
 A server in a bar wears a short skirt that reveals stocking covered legs to the upper thighs and an off the shoulder bodice that reveals some cleavage.


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Greyhound VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – We understand that there is a convoy of naval vessels accompanying merchant ships transporting supplies and oil and they are attacked by German submarines several times, as they try to make their way to Britain.
 A ship is struck by an attack by a submarine and we see a large explosion and we hear screaming (we understand that several men died and others were severely wounded); a man describes the dead as having been “completely mutilated.” A ship launches depth charges into the ocean causing explosions and we see a large oil slick, bodies and debris floating in the water implying that a submarine was struck. Sonar detects a submarine in the vicinity of a convoy and it is tracked and monitored as sailors initiate maneuvers to run it down and avoid torpedoes fired at a convoy in numerous scenes; many commands are called out, information is disseminated at speed and maneuvers are implemented causing a ship to bounce on heavy seas and list in a few scenes. A vessel fires on a submarine and hits another navy vessel; we see breaking glass and a sailor is struck in the face, presumably by shrapnel. A merchant ship is shown in flames and sinking after being struck by torpedoes. An oil tanker is struck by a torpedo and explodes in a giant ball of flames and smoke; we see survivors floating in the water and see several rescued by another ship. A torpedo is fired on a ship and it veers sharply causing the ship to list deeply to avoid the torpedo (it grazes the side of the ship but does not explode). A sub surfaces and is attacked with many volleys of gunfire before it explodes. Planes fly overhead and drop munitions on submarines and we see another sub blow up.
 A vessel tracks a submarine and follows what sonar indicates is its location; many charges are thrown into the water and there is no damage (it was a decoy). A submarine surfaces and a navy vessel fires on it repeatedly in a few scenes. Torpedoes are shown moving under the surface of the water as a ship veers to avoid being struck. A vessel trying to avoid a torpedo comes upon a much larger ship in its path, veers to avoid it and scrapes along its side spraying sparks as it goes (no damage is shown). We see tracer fire in the night sky when ships are attacked and stalked by submarines. Many distress rockets are fired into the sky as ships are attacked and sunk by torpedoes. A ship is badly damaged (we see large holes in its hull and it is listing badly) and the captain requests permission to abandon ship before it sinks.
 We hear a report of two sailors having gotten into a fight and we see the two men with bruised eyes and faces as they are reprimanded by their skipper. A commander calls out “Fire at will several times.” Officers on ships talk about an attack on a sub and label it a “kill,” and one officer says, “Nothing but the captain’s trousers will do” as proof. A young man says, “50 less [sic] Krauts” after a submarine attack. A man paints a swastika on the side of a ship (possibly tracking submarines that had been sunk). A voice is heard over a radio a few times threatening a convoy and the naval ships accompanying them and he identifies himself as the “grey wolf” and that he is leading a “wolf pack.” A radio call from a German sub commander talks about attacking three vessels, killing everyone on-board and reporting their deaths to their women. We hear that a ship is down to its last six depth charges and there are still many hours before reaching air support. A burial service is performed and we see three bodies dropped off the deck of a ship into the water after a prayer is recited and guns are fired in the air (one body seems stuck for a moment). A man’s foot is shown bleeding when he takes off his shoes and we see bloody footprints on the floor. We are told that 3500 ships and 72,200 people were lost in sea battles in WWII. We hear the voices of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt discussing war at sea.


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Greyhound LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word, 5 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for Germans, name-calling (pill thrower), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Godspeed, Dear Lord, Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen, God Willing, Heavenly Father, a man prays before three dead bodies are dropped into the sea as a burial, a man prays before meals and before bed in a few scenes, a prayer card is shown hanging on a mirror with a drawing of the image of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns [Hebrews 13:8]). | profanity glossary |


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Greyhound SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man makes a comment about rum and Coca-Cola, a man on a radio tells another man to “have a drink on us.” A man smokes a cigarette in a ship control room.


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Greyhound DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – World War II, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor, naval battles, the brutality of war.

Greyhound MESSAGE

 – Bravery and faith can sustain you through the darkest night.

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