King Kong

2005 PG-13 3h 8m Blu-ray / DVD

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King Kong

2005 PG-13 3h 8m Blu-ray / DVD
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Set in the 1930s, Peter Jackson's remake of the black-and-white classic follows a group of adventurous explorers and filmmakers to mysterious Skull Island, where they search for a legendary giant gorilla known as King Kong.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the movie includes numerous violent scenes that may be frightening for younger viewers and some action pushing the PG-13 edge. Specifically, humans are attacked on the island by giant bugs, bats, and dinosaurs in sustained, pounding action scenes. Kong shifts from scary (chest-pounding and roaring) to sympathetic; he's attacked brutally by men in tanks and planes, shooting guns. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes; Ann wears a slip through most of her adventures on the island. Most troubling is the depiction of the black island natives, who appear as nightmarish, surreal images, chanting and shaking when they sacrifice Ann to Kong. The showbiz version of this scene (recreated in New York) uses blackface performers.

Sexual Content

Couple kisses; Ann runs around in her slip on Skull Island. Reference to "boobies."


King Kong fights dinosaurs; dinosaurs stomp and eat people; King Kong bites a person's head off, tosses bodies (including young women) fecklessly; giant bugs attack humans; in NYC, military shoots Kong off ESB.


Mild cursing.

Social Behavior

Filmmaker is crass and greedy; military is brutal; King Kong means well.


Neon signs in Times Square advertise '30s products (Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Pepsodent).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Denham drinks from flask, crewmen smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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