The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Another quirkfest from Wes Anderson; not for kids.

R 2004 119 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 14 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Not as good as his other films, but still great.

I enjoyed this movie well enough, although the David Bowie covers were horrendous. There is some sexual content, as in Bare breasts seen once and a man saying he is part gay. An intense hijacking scene that is quite bloody. A man is shot in the shoulder; blood sprays. A man is eaten by a shark, blood is seen everywhere. A man is seen lying in a puddle of blood. 30-40 uses of f--k, or something like that. About 20 uses of s--t. Good film!

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Too much swearing
age 16+

Entertaining film from Wes Anderson

While it does take a while to get used to Anderson's humor and directing style, I think that in the end, the story has enough fun in it to appeal to different viewers (and especially for those who already are fans of his work). There is good dialogue, amusing action scenes, and some odd stop-motion visuals. Concerning what to look out for, there is quite a bit of foul language (such as f- and s-words), and the action scenes do have some blood (some of the violence includes shootings. Funny enough, I don't remember seeing any drug use in the film, other than people smoking cigarettes. However, there are a couple of scenes with a topless woman (she's seen like that for a few seconds in at least two scenes). Older teens and adults should have a good time with this movie, and keep kids away until they're older. 6.8/10

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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