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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest | 2006 | PG-13 | - 3.7.2

Sequel to the 2003 film: This time Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) discovers he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones (Bill Nighy), the Captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. Threatened with eternal damnation yet again, Jack wrecks the wedding plans of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley), who then become his reluctant recruits. Also with Stellan Skarsgard, Geoffrey Rush and Naomie Harris. Directed by Gore Verbinski. [2:30]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a very low-cut dress that reveals deep cleavage in several scenes, and two women wear extremely low-cut dresses. We see bare-chested men in tribal outfits and women in tribal outfits with jewelry covering their breasts. We see a man's bare back when his shirt is torn open in preparation for a lashing.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, and another man (her fiancé) sees them and appears jealous. A man and a woman kiss.
 A woman appears to be trying to seduce a man and tells him that she'll "know him." Men on a ship anxiously search for a woman after they are told that, "She is probably naked." A woman in a jail cell says to her fiancé: "If it weren't for these bars, I'd have you already." Men talk longingly about a woman being a virgin.
 A man thinks a man is making a pass at another man (it's actually a woman). Men and women dance in a bar scene.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Large birds fly over prisoners, who are in cages and shackled: the birds peck at the prisoners, and one bird pecks an eye out of one prisoner (we see his bloody face and hear squishing as the eye is pulled out).
 A man's throat is slashed (we hear a squish and a slash) and he is thrown overboard and into the sea. A man is stabbed through the chest, falls to the ground dead and his assailant wipes a bloody sword with a handkerchief. A man is whipped on the back several times (we see him grimace and then see the bloody slashes on his back. Several men are killed by pirate ghosts, with axes and swords.
 A man finds an animated dead man with sea creatures attached to his face (a star fish, mussels and barnacles) and the dead man talks and acts as if he is alive; he has very blue-tinged skin and he eats a small live crab (we see a leg protruding from his mouth).
 Ghost pirates have sea creature features (some more than others): one has an octopus for a head, with many tentacles and translucent flesh, one has a hammer head shark head with pointy shark teeth, one has lobster claws for hands, one has spiny crab legs on its back, and one has a puffer fish face with pointy tines. A man's hand has a black spot on it and at one point it appears to grow and appears hairy (we hear squishing). A man boards a wrecked ship and finds several dead men: one man is wrapped with ropes and another is missing his face (we see flesh with no features or blood). The face and torso of a man appears to have grown into the wall of a ship, it becomes animated and speaks, and pulls off the wall leaving his brain behind (we see the detached brain and we hear crunching and crackling).
 Many enormous tentacles slither up the side of a ship from under the water, the ship's mast is broken, men are grabbed and taken under water, and the ship is snapped in half and pulled under. People on a ship panic when a sea creature's huge tentacles slither up the side of the ship, a couple of tentacles are struck by cannon fire, other tentacles crash through the sides of the ship and grab men inside, and some are pulled out through port holes (we hear crunching as they squeeze through) and into the sea. A woman is grabbed by the huge tentacle of a sea creature, and a man shoots it and the tentacle is struck and splatters. A man is pulled off a ship by an enormous tentacle. A man turns around to face the enormous multi-toothed mouth of a sea creature, the creature roars loudly and squirts slimy goo on the man, and the man pulls his sword and hacks at the creature as it comes toward him (we do not see what happens after that).
 A large ship surfaces from under the sea, ghost pirates begin to emerge from the ship, they board another ship and begin fighting; several ghosts are slashed and one spills slimy fish pieces. A man throws a coconut, hits a ghost pirate in the head knocking his head off: we see the severed head (there's no blood), as it calls to the body to come and get it), and a crab crawls out of the head and into its shell and skitters away.
 A man shoots a gun into the air in a bar and a fight breaks out with people punching and shoving each other and using swordplay: one man is pushed over a balcony and another is thrown over a balcony. A man is shot at as he runs away, people throw fruits at him, he falls a great distance crashing through several wooden walkways and he then slams into the ground.
 A man walking through a thick jungle is snared around the ankle and lifted into the air; he pulls his sword and slashes at many armed natives who approach him threateningly, one blows a dart out of a tube, and the man is pierced in the neck and falls unconscious.
 A man's face is painted with several eyes and a native island man hangs a string of severed fingers and toes around his neck (the man chews on the nail of one toe). A man goes into the hold of a ship looking for rum and finds slithering creatures on the bottles.
 Prisoners in shackles and chains are dragged into a prison, and we see some prisoners in cages dangling from rock ledges. Several caskets are thrown over a cliff and into the sea, presumably with dead bodies in them. Men in a cage fall a great distance and crash into water below, and are presumably killed. A man is tied to a pole with ropes and placed over a fire (presumably to be roasted), but he knocks the pole loose and falls onto the ground. Something large stirs beneath the water and men onboard a ship become anxious; it pounds from underneath the ship, and the ship is snapped in half and pulled under water.
 A man in a casket that's floating in the sea shoots a gun through the inside of the casket, striking a bird that is pecking at the wood from the outside (we see feathers fly); the man opens the lid of the casket, pulls a decayed leg bone out and uses it as an oar.
 Pirate ghosts fight with two men and a woman, and we hear sword slashing and squishing. A man with a gun threatens a monkey, the monkey screeches, and the man shoots at the monkey as it runs away (the monkey does not appear to have been struck). Three men fight with swords in an extended scene, and two of them end up on the walls of a ruined structure. Two men walk on a rolling water wheel while sword fighting, the wheel rolls over another man, and he is knocked on the head and falls unconscious.
 A man has a brand scar on his arm. A cannon falls on a couple of ghost pirates (they are presumably crushed) and a water wheel rolls over several pirate ghosts crushing them. Pirate ghosts are whipped as they push a wheel on a ship.
 A man and a woman are put in handcuffs, arrested and sentenced to death. Armed guards march through a town and villagers appear frightened. A man on a ship sails in a very foggy sea, large birds fly overhead and fly toward an island prison. Several men in a cage roll down a mountain, they roll up a tree and back down, the cage falls over a cliff and into water, and it breaks apart and the men are alright. A man is handcuffed to the mast of a ship and left to go down with it (he eventually frees himself).
 Men are held in large cages built from the bones of humans, and the cages hang by ropes high in the air and over water below. Native island people chase a dog, presumably hoping to catch it and eat it. A man drops a cloth bag (presumably holding a still beating heart) onto a desk. We hear a heart throbbing while in a trunk.
 Several men are held with swords to their throats, and a woman holds a gun to a man's head. A man pushes a table over and threatens a man with a gun, and a man holds a knife to another man's throat. Two men threaten each other with swords and then a third joins in. A man is hit in the head with an oar and a man is thrown into mud in a pigsty. A woman slaps a man in the face.
 A pirate loses his artificial eye (we see the man with an empty eye socket), and a monkey picks the eye up and tries to eat it. A large barnacle on the face of a ghost pirate opens and closes. We see native island people with many body and facial piercings (bones through lips, cheeks, large ear lobe plugs, etc.) in several scenes. Many living pirates have scars and blackened teeth.
 Two ships fire cannons back and forth at each other. A man rolls off a rooftop and onto the ground. Men are frightened when a dress floats through the air.
 A woman talks about a man carving his own heart out after he was heartbroken. A man talks about native island people roasting and eating a man. A man talks about a sea creature that can, "suck your face clean off." We hear that a chest holds the still beating heart of a man. A man threatens to "cut down anyone in my path." A parrot squawks and says, "Don't eat me" to a man.
 A ghost pirate shakes the hand of a living pirate and leaves his hand covered with slime. A man vomits over the side of a ship several times (we hear gagging and see a bit of goo).


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid mongrel, fish face, git), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Several people drink alcohol, a man drinks rum from a bottle, a woman drinks from a bottle of rum, men and women drink in a bar scene, and a man drinks alcohol and serves another man alcohol but he does not drink. A ghost pirate smokes a pipe.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cannibalism, pirate legends, coercion, father/son relationships, honor, hope, negotiations, ambition, redemption, decency, impulse, sorrow, sacrifice, guilt, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Love and the loss of it can inspire people to do extraordinary things.

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