Parents' Guide to

Shark Tale

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fast, fresh, funny action comedy set undersea.

Movie PG 2004 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 7+

Not that great

Some overly adult themes, like gambling, and an overly sexualized character Lola. What seemed to first be an issue of the main shark being a vegetarian, is switched around when his dad apologizes for not liking how he dresses.
age 13+

Too many adult themes

A lot of fake cursing, using puns in place of the real expletives. Also, there’s some strong sexuality, very Jessica Rabbit-esque, from one of the female characters, Lola. She also tries to seduce the main character. It’s pretty gratuitous for a supposed kid’s show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (56 ):

This hip-hop/mob action comedy set undersea is fast, fresh, fun, and finny ... er, funny. OK, you watch the movie and see if you don't come out making silly jokes like that. This isn't a classic like Finding Nemo or Shrek, but it throws so much at you so fast you will be too busy enjoying yourself to notice.

The plot is nothing special, but the visuals are, with eye-popping color and wonderfully expressive fish faces, hilariously funny and surprisingly touching. The voice talent is top-notch and the animators have managed to bring the essence of the actors to the characters. Don Lido has De Niro's birthmark on his cheek, and Oscar has Smith's eyes and mouth. There are dozens of gags and pop-cultural references and some bright musical numbers that keep things moving briskly, with a remake of the Rose Royce "Car Wash" song by Missy Elliot and Christina Aguilera a highlight.

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