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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
  • R
  • 2h 4m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh92%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes this otherworldly fairy tale set during 1960s Cold War America. Trapped in an isolated life at a high-security government laboratory, Elisa, a mute maintenance worker (Sally Hawkins), discovers a top secret experiment. From there, she begins an unexpected, transformative journey of love in this magical story also starring Octavia Spencer.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best -- and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Compassionate monster movie/love story has mature content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Shape of Water is a 1960s-set fantasy/romance about a woman who falls in love with an otherworldly creature and tries to rescue him. It's from beloved director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), and it easily ranks among his best films, but it's only recommended for older teens and up due to its mature content. Expect to see lots of blood, some jump scares, fighting and hitting, guns and shooting, and other gory/horrific moments (for example, a man rips off his own rotting fingers, and the creature bites a cat's head off). There's also full-frontal female nudity and some strong sexual situations: a married couple has sex (viewers see a naked male bottom thrusting), a woman masturbates in a bathtub, and the woman and the creature share a kind of supernatural sex scene. Language is also strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "p---y," and more. Some characters smoke, and one pops pain pills.

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, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
  • Release Date:December 1, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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