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Parents' Guide to

The Shallows

By Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Blake Lively vs. shark in tense, bloody ocean thriller.

Movie PG-13 2016 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 17+

Very shallow and boring!

Woman in bikini on a rock. Lots of close ups of her chest and butt. The end. BORING.
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age 11+

Great white shark vs Nancy

Not the scariest thing I’ve seen but it’s a great thriller with gruesome attacks and the character models are good. So worth a watch.

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (47 ):

Like the shark at the center of its story, this movie pulls you in the minute Nancy grabs her surfboard and gets in the water. The Great White gets her right away, but that's only the beginning of her fight to stay alive. Lively is in almost every scene of the movie, and she's compelling enough to make it work. She's alone, injured and trapped, but still manages to stitch up her leg, make a video, and fight off a giant shark. She's a tough, strong woman who doesn't need saving.

There are quite a few terrifying shots of people being grabbed by sharks, but the scariest is what you don't see: i.e. a surfer being pulled in from under the water and not coming back up (and then there's Lively's face while it's all happening). It's only 87 minutes long, but you'll be holding your breath for much of that time. Unlike Jaws, the shark looks very real here (though the same can't be said for the scenes of Lively surfing...) and even more menacing. The end is a little silly, and The Shallows won't end up a a classic like Jaws did, but it will give a new generation of beachgoers an ominous feeling when they look down in the water.

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