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Parents' Guide to

The Sea Beast

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Swashbuckling adventure has kid role model, monster attacks.

Movie PG 2022 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 10+
Great message and love the young black female lead, but the violence was more graphic and intense than similar kids movies. My 9 yo daughter asked to turn it off because it was too scary. Not a fan of the drinking or swears either… neither added much to the movie considering it’s for kids. It was a well done movie which I personally enjoyed, but probably not the best for younger kids and maybe even older depending on the child.
age 13+

Language !!

I think.maybe some of the reviews do not actually reflect some of the language content!! A very adult word on the beach seen between Jacob and maisie!!!! Bxxxxxxd it up !!!! Really 8n a kids movie Not a bad film but a shame about aspects of the language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Anyone who loves a good swashbuckling adventure will delight in this beautifully animated tale. The Sea Beast takes a familiar story about chasing down monsters and gives it a real punch, with messages about heroes not always meeting expectations, the complicated nature of war and peace, the subjectivity of history, and other seemingly heavy themes. All are seamlessly woven into an inspiring, gripping adventure. It has a little something for everyone: Ship lovers will appreciate the nautical entertainment (including teams hanging from the sides of ships with ropes and tons of cannons firing), but there's also some humor and a particularly cute character thrown in for those who need an alternative to the larger, sometimes scary beasts.

It's also refreshing to see a diverse cast throughout the film, both aboard the ship and in town, rather than just in the background. If you pay attention, you'll notice that crew members wear attire from various cultural backgrounds, and there are many degrees of skin tones and hair texture, which all comes through clearly thanks to the movie's outstanding animation. Though the plot does feel a bit trite at times, the setting gives it fresh life, along with the somewhat haunting message about the dangers of blindly trusting history told by those in charge. It gives audiences a lot to think about and a lot to discuss after it's over.

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