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.
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