Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie uses a well-worn formula recycled from some of Disney's better pictures, notably The Absent Minded Professor. But if you don't mind the retread -- and kids will love it -- the characters are charming and there are funny bits. As a ghost, Blackbeard is about as frightening as Casper with a sword. Don't let the word "ghost" deter grade-school kids. Old Blackbeard isn't very scary or threatening, but he does on occasion set an improper example by drinking, carousing, and cheating. The allure of pirates and the wholesomeness of Disney are a good pairing for preteens and older kids. As far as adult entertainment goes, it's passable, but works best in the company of young ones.
Some rowdiness and comical fighting with an invisible adversary.
Some careless gun handling and reckless driving on Blackbeard's part, as well as some rum-drinking, cheating, and gambling. A coach sacrifices his principles so his team can win by underhanded means.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Blackbeard drinks rum.