The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
  • R
  • 1h 45m
  • 1980
Rotten9%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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The lush beauty and splendor of a South Pacific paradise is vividly captured in this version of Henry De Vere Stacpoole's 1903 novel. Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. They learn to cope with the bewildering variety of physical changes that come with adolescence. And as they begin to mature, their childhood affections lead to a sensitive and more profound love and the birth of a child. But will they ever see civilization again?
© 1980 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten9%
Critics Consensus: A piece of lovely dreck, The Blue Lagoon is a naughty fantasy that's also too chaste to be truly entertaining.
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Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Their romance is enhanced by Nestor Almendros' exquisite photography (and Basil Poledouris' score)...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

The only thing blue about the movie is the sea, and the way you'll feel after wasting your time on...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lots and lots of nudity, bad acting in '80s survival tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main questionable content in The Blue Lagoon is nudity, and there's a lot of it. Both male and female bodies are seen, fully frontal once or twice, and quite a few times Richard's penis and Emmeline's breasts are clearly visible. An argument can be made, and at the time the movie was released it certainly was, that filming and showing children in the nude (at all stages of development) is inherently wrong, and those who feel that way should steer clear. If nudity is not an issue, the movie is otherwise fairly tame. There are a few extensive scenes of caressing and some kissing as the protagonists are observed following nature's course without any kind of guidance and almost entirely ignorant about human development. There are a few startling images of blood, a moderate spanking, and a human-sacrifice ritual that doesn't show the actual killing but does show a spurt of blood.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 20, 1980
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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