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Parents' Guide to

The Shape of Water

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Compassionate monster movie/love story has mature content.

Movie R 2017 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 48 parent reviews

age 17+

This is a Beautiful Unconvientional Fairy Tale Romance that is obviously for adults. People on here complaining about the nudity and sexuality obviously need to review the MPAA's rating system and what it's purpose is. Contrary to what many on here are saying, the Sexuality and Nudity are anything but gratuitous and unnecessary, and actually help establish with the audience the deep connection these charaters have made in such a short time.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
3 people found this helpful.
age 15+

wonderful film

I don't wish to add too much other than it really is a fantastic film; yes - it has sex in it and so yes, you'll have to use discretion when deciding who can/can't watch it in your family - but wow! half of the reviewers here sound like something from a comedy parodying the 1950's small town morality bigade ... "such filth might encourage impure thoughts ... please ... think of the children!! talk about hell-fire and brimstone. Maybe it's an american thing (I'm not from there so ... ?)
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (48 ):
Kids say (32 ):

Fantastic director Guillermo Del Toro clearly put everything he had into this wonderful monster movie/romance, from a beautiful, labyrinthian visual scheme to a powerful story of love and empathy. Certainly The Shape of Water comes from a strange idea, but it's so lovely and so open-hearted that it never steps wrong. Given that it's structured, like Del Toro's own Pan's Labyrinth, as a kind of fairy tale, viewers may notice that it's easy to see where the story is going, but The Shape of Water is less about the payoff, or even the mystery, than it is about simply connecting.

It's interesting that Del Toro spends time focusing on other connections in the story, from husband-and-wife relationships to a spurned crush. And even the friendship between Elisa and Zelda -- one never speaking, the other always speaking -- is amusingly off-kilter. The movie seems to be saying that as long as something feels real, then it is real. The characters are supported by the brilliant set designs, which frame characters in unique and specific ways. There's also a striking use of the color green, as well as thematic uses of water (for cooking, bathing, as a force for destruction, etc.). All in all, The Shape of Water is one of Del Toro's absolute best movies.

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