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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Campy sci-fi undersea adventure features mild peril.

Movie NR 1961 105 minutes
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VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA is a campy, funny sci-fi movie of its era. The special effects are neat (giant squid, octopus) and the cast is all-star for its day. Some of the deep-blue-sea and fiery-sky shots and wrestling with giant sea creatures are fantastic for the time, and the other era-specific tells -- the casual smoking, the zoom-in on a shaking behind -- could be interesting conversation starters about changing attitudes over the past half-century toward both women's bodies and cigarettes. Other attitudes have only slightly shifted: Women won't make up 20 percent of crews serving on submarines until 2020.


For kids interested in submarines, science fiction, and old movies, this is a pretty tame introduction to those genres, and parents (or grandparents) of a certain age can still swoon over Barbara Eden and Frankie Avalon or laugh about the advancements we've made in understanding our own universe.

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