Parents' Guide to

The Blue Lagoon

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Lots and lots of nudity, bad acting in '80s survival tale.

Movie R 1980 104 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 17+

A pedophile’s dream

I saw this as a teenager and rewatched it recently to see if it would be a good coming-of-age film for a teen. It’s so cringe-y, and not just the bad script and dialogue. The nudity and sex scenes between the teens doesn’t bother me—it’s sweet and innocent. However, no one would get away with making this movie today as our culture is much more educated about sexual abuse and protection of minors. Frankly, in its original form, this movie is a pedophile’s dream as it shows full nudity of young children. IMHO those parts should be edited; then the movie would have some value. In its current form, the movie is not worth watching and I would give it zero stars if I could.
age 12+

Great for discussing simple, instictive sexuality

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (14 ):

THE BLUE LAGOON is about eye candy, plain and simple. The main draw is the natural beauty of both the surroundings and the protagonists, which is considerable. The story is interesting and suspense is maintained about their ultimate fate, and there's a nugget of a good idea for a theme in there about how two kids might develop entirely on their own. The underwater cinematography is gorgeous. But it's all severely undercut by director Randal Kleiser succumbing to the temptation of spending too much time on the physical attributes of his stars -- and by Brooke Shields' limited acting ability. Although physically alluring, she just isn't believable as a sexually mature young woman. The whole production walks a thin line between a so-so adventure story and gratuitous titillation.

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