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The Shallows

The Shallows
The Shallows
The Shallows
  • PG-13
  • 1h 26m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh78%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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In the taut thriller, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh78%
Critics Consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Blake Lively vs. shark in tense, bloody ocean thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Shallows is a tense, bloody, jump-out-of-your-seat thriller starring Blake Lively as a young med school dropout who goes surfing at a secluded beach. After being chomped on by a shark, she must figure out how to survive and get to safety. Many scenes could scare the pants off of kids (and adults), including a shark jumping out of the water with its jaws open (then chomping down on a surfer) and a man crawling onto the beach with half his body chewed off. It's very exciting, but it's not for the faint of heart. That said, Nancy is a strong, determined woman who never loses her cool, though she does swear a few times (including "f--k" and "s--t"). Bottom line? The Shallows is both terrifying and entertaining, but it's not for young kids or anyone afraid of the water or blood. If you couldn't handle Jaws, skip this one, too.

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:Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:June 29, 2016
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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