Rated: PG-13

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

Rob Marshall


Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow; Penélope Cruz as Angelica; Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa; Ian McShane as Blackbeard; Sam Claflin as Philip

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Captain Jack Sparrow is once again marooned at port with need of a ship. He’d love to get his hands back on his beloved Black Pearl, but rumors are swirling that someone is impersonating him and raising up a crew. This won't stand! Upon confronting the impersonator, Jack discovers that he's a she—Angelica, the daughter of evil Captain Blackbeard, to be exact.

Angelica and Captain Blackbeard are trying to find the Fountain of Youth. In fact, it seems everybody is trying to locate the famous fountain. Even Jack's longtime rival, Captain Barbossa, who has become a privateer for the crown of England. All are racing to claim the mystical waters of everlasting life. They just need to find two magical challises and a single tear from a mermaid first. But mermaid tears aren't as easy to come by as you might think.

Jack saves Angelica's life and gives his precious compass to his former first mate Gibbs to help the man escape Blackbeard's grasp. It’s obvious that Angelica has a compassionate heart beneath her rough exterior. She pleads for a missionary's life before the ruthless Blackbeard. That missionary, named Philip, is a very caring soul. He reaches out to Blackbeard and others.

Just like in past Pirates of the Caribbean movies, dark spirituality is sprinkled throughout the tale. For instance, Blackbeard's officers are all walking dead zombies. There are also numerous scenes of high-action swordplay, stabbing and gun shots, and many scenes containing alcohol.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may boast swords, revenge, zombies, mermaid fangs and dark magic. But here you'll also find something unexpected: Characters long for salvation for the wicked and make self-sacrificial choices to protect the innocent. One character even says, "Only God can grant eternal life." That’s the truth. Now, these bits of heart don't cancel out all of the dark and scary content, but they do add something positive. And that is worth at least a half-hearted "yo ho ho."

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