The Impossible

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Very intense story of family's survival against the odds.

PG-13 2012 114 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 100 reviews

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age 13+

Frighteningly realistic and sobering, yet uplifting

Appropriate for MATURE 12-14 year olds. Contains frightening imagery of death, destruction, and suffering due to a natural disaster. Gore includes a gash across a woman's breast (non-sexual nudity for

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Great role models
age 16+

Graphic, but great depiction

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this movie, since it wasn't given a big theater release and I hadn't heard much about it until years later. It is actually really good! The acting is incredible and the whole thing feels very realistic. Wonderful depiction of how a family would act being separated in a catastrophe. It's very emotional and stressful, so be prepared. There are two scenes in which the mother's breast is exposed. One, where her top rips and her son points out that her breast is showing. Two, when she's at the hospital and they have to take off her top to treat her injuries. It's unnecessary, but it's not in a sexual way. Could've done without it. I put too much violence below for one scene in particular, not that it's violent but more disturbing. The mother is in the hospital and eats an orange, which then makes her throw/gag up blood, seaweed, sand etc. I am not a squeamish person (I watch TLC medical shows with no problem), but even I looked away. It's very graphic and upsetting and even makes you feel sick. I get that the movie is trying to be realistic, but since it's PG-13 I think they should've showed less of this scene. Besides that, it really is a great movie that reminds you of what's really important. And again, the acting is amazing. I would say 16+ for the movie, and 13+ if you skip the nudity and the throwing up scene.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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