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The Poseidon Adventure Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Titanic without the smarm.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will hear be exposed to some violent and scary situations. Bodies are flung like confetti in the wake of a tidal wave; some bloody injuries and many deaths result. There are frequent sprinklings of moderately salty language and a reference to a passenger's former career as a prostitute. But the film also emphasizes strength of character, determination, courage and ingenuity in the face of calamity, too.

  • Families can talk about why people enjoy disaster films, and why they became so popular in the 1970s. Families interested in film history can research how disaster films fit into a post-WWII world with increasing access to technology/technological advances, and they can also learn about the advances in special effects that play a major part in disaster films.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Bodies are flung like confetti in the wake of a tidal wave; some bloody injuries and many deaths result.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Reference to a passenger's former career as a prostitute.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent sprinklings of moderately salty language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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