When a nuclear missile presence escalates in Cuba, the world's fate hangs by a thread as President John F. Kennedy tries to curb the threat with help from his aides, military brass and his brother Bobby, the U.S. attorney general.
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- Roger Donaldson
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PG-13Brief strong language
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary with director Roger Donaldson, actor Kevin Costner, writer David Self, and executive producer Michael DeLuca.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Thirteen Days, a docudrama about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, is exciting and suspenseful, even though the actual outcome is well known. The film is a recreation of a crucial incident in American history that's suitable for teens and mature tweens, as well as adults. There's frequent swearing used to heighten the emotional impact (i.e., "bastard," "asshole," "s--t," "Jesus Christ," one use of "f--k"). Because the film is set in the 1960s, smoking is a casual part of many of the meetings in the White House. Alcoholic beverages are consumed in several scenes, never to excess. President John F. Kennedy is seen taking a prescription drug on one occasion.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Cuban soldiers fire at U.S. planes, some of which are slightly damaged. There are some tense moments as enemy ships engage in a standoff. A plane is shot down and we learn that the pilot has been killed.
- Frequent swearing: "balls," "s--t," "hell," "bastard," "crap," "ass," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ," one use of "f--k" and one ethnic slur "Jap carrier."
- Social Behavior
- Behind-the-scenes White House intrigue shows how fragile the international political climate can be. By the film's end, the audience fully recognizes the importance of having men of goodwill and superior leadership in positions of power. Clearly it's easy to destabilize a world with such different ideologies, voices, and motives. It takes bravery, intelligence, and the support of other leaders to keep the world safe.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Men consume alcoholic beverages in moderation during some meetings and private conversations. Smoking is seen in the background of many of the White House discussions. President Kennedy swallows some pills in one scene.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it