Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

'70s classic horror tale is still scary as ever.

PG 2000 125 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 431 reviews

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age 16+

Skip the first scene and you are probably OK.

This is a very scary movie especially if you pick up on the subtle lines that get thrown around. It gets pretty gruesome, but mostly in a campy blood and guts sort of way. There are two exceptions. A ship captain is killed toward the end and it is very prolonged and disturbing. The second is the opening scene which is a solid R by any reasonable standard. Let's ignore the drugs and the dated treatment of drinking. Let's also ignore the total frontal nudity in this PG movie. The real problem is the psychosexual undertones in the shark POV cuts. We are treated to a literally faceless, naked, vulnerable woman from the perspective of a monster who is thinking "I'd like to attack and eat that." Skinny dipping is easy to explain away, as is hooligans smoking weed. But when your kid thinks that the girl getting attacked was scary but kind of felt weird, good luck with that.
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age 13+
This movie doesn’t have that much violence but it’s still intense there is moderate language but it isn’t to much for young teens this is how I rank blood some blood fair amount of blood lots of blood tons of blood plenty of blood and then stuff like very bloody extremely bloody violence 6%10 early in the movie someone is eaten there’s lots of blood little boy is eaten some blood a dead body emerges from a sunken ship and i think you might see his eye plucked out some one is eaten blood coming out of his mouth shark shot huge explosion and blood spatters I now there’s moderate language but I don’t remember the words this is how I rank language some language moderate language frequent language lots of language tons of language constant language and this movie also has some sex sex 3%10 a girl gos swimming naked but I don’t remember seeing anything bad and there’s also some kissing thanks for reading my review my next review will be for jaws 2
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