The Whale

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Compassionate, mature look at living with severe obesity.

R 2022 117 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 17+

Obesity, Homosexuality, Overt Christian/Bible Bashing

I went to this movie thinking it was about an obese man wanting to make amends with his estranged teenage daughter. A feel good happy movie. What you get within FIRST FIVE MINUTES is an obese man masturbating vigorously to gay male porn on his laptop. While the film does center around him trying to help his daughter whom he abandoned along with her mother when she was 8 to be in a gay relationship with one of his former college students, there are so many underlying themes that attempt to put Christianity, the Bible, and Jesus in a very negative light as it pertains to gay relationships. Why would an all loving God not want someone to be in love and be happy? If you are an adult, see this movie if you are inclined, but not suitable for children under 17.

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+


I was absolutely sickened within the first few minutes of seeing this movie with my 3 children age 14,21 26 for the sake of my 14 year old. I thought Brenden Frazier has always been a wholesome actor but this movie was a 360 degree turn from all of his prior roles. Seeing him masterbate to porn was the first sickening scene I had to shield my daughter from. I just was not prepared for that and just the depressing unveiling of his life was just not the family uplifting movie I had hoped for. I felt ripped off and utterly horrified … should have left the movie after 5 min and minimized future nightmares my daughter had. Not recommended for anyone under 18

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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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