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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (2hr 20min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
July 5, 2006
48 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... this is a very  violent film.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Studios
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruce Hendricks, Peter Kohn, Eric McLeod, Chad Oman, Pat Sandston, Mike Stenson
Written by: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Characters: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert
Cinematography/Camera: Dariusz Wolski
Music: Hans Zimmer
Film Editing: Stephen E. Rivkin, Craig Wood
Casting: Denise Chamian, Priscilla John
Production Design: Rick Heinrichs
Art Direction: John Dexter
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Since I was able to attend a private screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest  and since I will have this report posted online before the first showing, I will not discuss it in any great detail.

Will Tuner (Orlando Bloom) and his betrothed Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) are facing the hangman's noose for helping the notorious pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) escape in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Elizabeth's daddy, Governor Weatherby Swann (Jonathan Pryce) cannot help. He, too, is in trouble. And under arrest. Will is given a chance by his oppressor evil Lord Norrington (Jack Davenport) to keep his and Elizabeth's heads out of the noose by fetching a special directional compass held by Sparrow. That compass has the ability to find a heart that has been missing for so long, thus the meaning behind "Dead Man's Chest."

Will Turner's dad, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) is back but as a crewman and prisoner of the Captain of the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) who owns Bootstrap's soul. As Bootstrap's body slowly seeps into Jones' domain, the take-over of his body by some sort of sea creature may be disturbing as his face becomes less and less human as it is consumed by whatever it is taking him over.

Of noteworthy mention is the incredible ingenuity and unparalleled skills of the creature creators of Disney. There are many evil grotesque and corroded, barnacle-covered men-turned-sea-creatures that would challenge the grasp of reality for those with little to no experiential maturity. Davy Jones has a variation of a squid as his head that is so realistic down to the movements of its facial tissues that it looks as if it is natural for this character. Jones' henchmen are just as hideous and demonic as he. One of them is a man turned into a hammerhead shark complete with shark's teeth. It is likely that such realistic looking creatures of evil will frighten the little ones who are not familiar with the talents of artists to make the unnatural/unholy look natural.

The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area found many examples of sword fights, threats and attempted killing with spears, arrows and firearms, action violence, intense attack sequences by a huge octopus and more. This is a very  violent film. [Prov. 16:29]

The Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area found only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. There may be far fewer uses of profanity in this film than in typical PG-13 films, but the second time of a sin does not excuse the first, nor does the third excuse the second or the first, nor the thousandth the first. [Eph. 4:29, Matt. 12:36]

Behaviors of the Sexual Immorality (S) nature were limited to matters such as a couple instances of excessive breast exposure (prostitutes), talk about immoral sex and Sparrow wanting Elizabeth to become naked in his cabin. Though there is some talk of sexually immoral deeds, there is no nudity of any kind in this film, no inappropriate touch nor is anyone in bed with another. But God warned us that if we lust after another as did Sparrow after Elizabeth even if only in speech, we are as guilty as if we had committed the deed in our hearts. [Matt. 5:28, 1Ths. 4:1-5, 1 John 2:26]

The content found by the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area included drinking, drunkenness, drunken revelry and a drunken brawl. [Eph. 5:18] As revealed in the studies noted in the Ephesians 5:15 Scriptural application below, drinking/drunkenness in and as entertainment can and does embolden youth to abuse alcohol.

Though the Offense to God (O) investigation area found only two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive noted, remember that the second does not excuse the first, etc. [Deut. 5:11] And the bartering with and selling of souls was expensive to the Offense to God investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M) found three men murdered with hatchets, another by blade and another by slicing his neck.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides a detailed itemization of the observations made during the viewing of this 2 hour and 20 minute film. Please consider closely inspecting the Findings/Scoring section before you decide for what age stratum this film is fit, if any.

As promised, following is a comparative between the two Pirates of the Caribbean  films.

It is interesting that both versions reveal the same scoring distribution pattern (mercury columns) with the 2006 version a little less morally offensive which accounts for the slightly higher final score for the 2006 version but both being R-13.


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  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Matt. 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be a man (or woman) OR the behavior on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.]
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin in and as entertainment which can "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and display are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts.]
  • 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated and not abuse the body. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [sunedrion: adjudication]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • torture gore
  • crow eating decaying flesh off live human
  • skeletal remains
  • gunfire, repeatedly
  • gore of massive infectious tissues
  • extortion to perform with life and leverage
  • explosive startle
  • abduction at spear point
  • firearm threat to face and other firearm threats
  • control by firearm, repeatedly
  • necklace of amputated fingers and toes
  • attempted cooking of human for food
  • several deaths by great fall
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • attempted killing of several with spears, arrows
  • gore from loss of eye
  • glorification of piracy
  • dead body
  • gross face deformity (sucked off by an octopus)
  • injury gore
  • reckless gunfire
  • brutality, repeatedly
  • whipping
  • political corruption with abduction
  • many deaths by giant octopus attacks, repeatedly
  • sword threats, repeatedly
  • long sequence sword fights, repeatedly
  • many killings by sword
  • human heart beating in box
  • character impaled by ship's steering wheel
  • man eaten alive by giant octopus

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • excessive breast exposure (prostitutes)
  • men rushing to find woman said to be nude
  • offer to get naked
  • open mouth kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drugging by injection to control
  • drunken revelry
  • drunken brawl
  • toasting with booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • unholy disappearance
  • belief in superstition, repeatedly
  • voodoo witchcraft
  • grotesque demonic creatures, many, frequent, of varying degrees of grotesqueness
  • selling of soul
  • bartering with soul, repeatedly
  • "You fool!" [Matt. 5:22]
  • zen meditation
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • beheaded demon searching for its head, guided by its head
  • impossible event - a ship as a submarine

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • blade murder
  • neck slicing murder
  • several men murdered by hatchet (act unseen)

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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