The Pitch

Unsinkable ship hits iceberg, sinks. (3 hr 14 min)

Age Recommendations

Watch With the Kids: 11+ Common Sense Media: 12+

Content Advisories

Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language. Intense, nonstop peril for the entire back half of the movie. More people die than survive the disaster, including characters we like. People drown, fall to their deaths, are frozen, crushed, electrocuted, and shot. (In one case self-inflicted, to the head.) Your kids may not have seen a movie in which a protagonist doesn’t make it to the end. A lifeboat makes its way through a graveyard of the floating, frozen dead. Rose is topless for the scene in which Jack draws her, and the two have sex (mostly offscreen) in the back of a car. “Brief language” includes an f-word. Your kids might decide they like the Celine Dion song.

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Your kids may already know quite a lot about Titanic before they get to Titanic, thanks to the growing popularity of the I Survived... series of books, which place elementary school-age protagonists at the site of disastrous historical events. My generational peers mocked the film at the time of its release, for its earnestness and excess and melodrama. We were already too old or too cynical for James Cameron to work his spell on us. But the film endures, and will likely outlast us all—almost in spite of its eleven Academy Awards— as new generations of tweens and teens become swept up in its emotion and intensity, and in the ineffable beauty of DiCaprio and Winslet at this moment in their careers. It wasn’t enough for Cameron to have Rose and Jack’s love be impossible; he had to make it preposterous. Rose, a girl trapped in a loveless engagement to a cruel and controlling millionaire (the superlatively villainous Billy Zane) meets Jack, the poor boy, the artist, the selfless loner who is bold but gentle, worldly yet vulnerable, and wise beyond his years, on board the largest metaphor ever invented by man. And yet unlike heroines before her (and since) Rose does not simply fall into a love for the ages with a glance or a sigh. Two hours into the movie—and with nearly an hour to go—as Rose hoists herself along a pipe in the ceiling of a flooded corridor, holding her head and a heavy axe above the rising water, the light bulbs sparking and dimming, you may begin to believe she has earned it. —Chris Ereneta

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