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The Beach

The Beach
The Beach
The Beach
  • R
  • 1h 59m
  • 2000
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Leonardo DiCaprio is electrifying in this seductive thriller from director Danny Boyle (Trance, Slumdog Millionaire). When Richard (DiCaprio), a young American backpacker traveling through Thailand, discovers a map to a beautiful secret beach, he thinks he’s found the ultimate thrill. But the isolated paradise soon becomes a place of peril in this chilling drama that also stars Tilda Swinton.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Backpacking drama has violence, language, suicide, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Beach is the 2000 film adaptation of the popular '90s book by Alex Garland and features bloody violence, strong language, sex, and drugs. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Richard, a backpacker in Thailand who heads in search of a secret beach. Director Danny Boyle honors the dark thematics of the book with murder and spiraling mental health all being prominent themes. There is a fatal shark attack with bloody wounds shown, and characters are left to die. A map to the beach is found in the blood-spattered room of a man who has died by suicide. The film frequently uses language such as "f--k" and "a--hole." Marijuana is also routinely smoked, and the characters drink beer. There are a number of sex scenes, but none are especially graphic, with only brief topless nudity. Themes of idealism, consumerism, and the tragic consequences of lying are also ripe for debate.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 11, 2000
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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