Jaws: The Revenge

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Boring and unnecessary sequel; some shark attacks.
  • PG-13
  • 1987
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Story too ludicrous to have characters who could be considered positive role models.


A police officer loses his arm during a shark attack before the shark kills him. A woman is attacked and killed by a shark while riding on a flotation device with children, who scream and shriek as they witness this. A man is eaten alive by a shark while hanging onto the bow of a sailboat. Brief nightmarish dream sequences in which characters are attacked by a shark. 


Mild references to the sex lives of the characters. 


Occasional profanity: "s--t," "son of a bitch," "bulls--t," "ass," "damn." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Booze drinking at dinner party, in a restaurant. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jaws: The Revenge is the fourth movie in the Jaws series, released in 1987. This is everything the original Jaws movie was not: boring, pointless, and astoundingly bad in every way. There are shark attacks -- a police officer loses an arm before being bitten to death by a shark, a woman sharing a flotation device with children is attacked and killed -- but these are few and far between, as the filmmakers would rather spend more time getting to know the characters (the only original character left from the original is the wife of Roy Scheider's character) as they adjust to their new lives living in the Bahamas rather than on the New England coast. Expect occasional mild profanity, including "s--t," and some drinking. Overall, this is yet another example of a movie franchise that wore out its welcome, as each subsequent movie was worse than the one before it. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySophia C. January 1, 2018


UGH! This movie is terrible. The shark looks so fake I'm not even going to spend so much time on my review. I'll just say this:

Swearing: yup, there... Continue reading
Adult Written bybaconwiggy October 8, 2020
Kid, 11 years old February 7, 2021

At Least It's Better Than Jaws 3

This movie is good but the shark looks so fake. there's nothing really inappropriate for kids in this film.
Teen, 14 years old Written by3-2 -1_movie ratings January 6, 2021

Its really not as bad as everyone is making out it to be.

Yeah, ok, its not the best movie but it still has an alright plot line and if what your looking for is a shark attack movie, this one will do. Sure its not as g... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's the Christmas season in Amity, and Sean Brody has filled his late father's shoes as an officer in the police department. But when he's called on a routine errand in the harbor, he's attacked and killed by a great white shark. In the aftermath of her son's funeral, Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary), scarred by a lifetime of shark attacks, decides she can no longer live in Amity, and, along with her late son's wife and daughter, she leaves for the Bahamas, where her other son Michael works as a marine biologist researching snails. As Ellen tries to recover from her son's death, getting used to life in the Caribbean as a budding romance begins to develop with a charming pilot named Hoagie (Michael Caine), she goes to the beach and sees, much to her dismay, a great white shark attack. Ellen is convinced this is the same shark that killed her son and drove her husband to an early grave due to a heart attack, and she believes this shark wants to kill Ellen as well. It's up to Michael, with the help of his colleague Jake (Mario Van Peebles), to find, hunt, and kill this great white shark before it takes another life. 

Is it any good?

Jaws: The Revenge may very well be the dullest and most pointless sequel ever made. It has none of the redeeming qualities that made the original Jaws such a classic movie. Instead, there is a ludicrous storyline filled with unnecessary scenes that attempt a slow build while you're getting to know the characters. The dialogue is hilariously bad, and the special effects are even worse. Even the shark attacks, for anyone with even a passing familiarity with the previous Jaws movies and horror movies in general, offer no suspense and not even the faintest tinge of a scare. 

The action is tedious overall -- not even Michael Caine can make this a "so bad, it's good" type of B movie. Really, this is a textbook case of why most movie franchises should quit while they're ahead. There is really no reason for this movie to exist.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sequels. Why do you think movie studios release sequels of original movies that were successful at the box office, and why are these sequels often much worse than the original movies? 

  • B movies tend to be poorly made, badly acted, and filled with cheesy special effects. What are some of the ways in which this movie meets the criteria of a B movie? 

  • The original Jaws won Oscars and was, at the time of its release, the highest-grossing movie of all time. Contrast the original Jaws movie with this sequel. What are the ways in which the original Jaws is a classic movie, and how does this sequel fall way short of the mark? 

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