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"THE SHALLOWS"
(2016) (Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Suspense: A young woman must contend with being stranded just off shore following a shark attack.
PLOT:
Nancy Adams (BLAKE LIVELY) is a young woman who's contemplating her future, particularly whether to finish her studies in medical school. Accordingly, she's taken a respite by heading to her late mother's favorite surfing beach in a remote part of Mexico, leaving her younger sister, Chloe (SEDONA LEGGE) and their father (BRETT CULLEN) back in Galveston. Driven to the beach by friendly local Carlos (OSCAR JAENADA), Nancy spots two other surfers riding the waves, but pretty much keeps to herself.

When they head in and she goes back out for one last ride, things take a turn for the worse. Happening upon a whale carcass, she gets an uneasy feeling and decides to head back. But a huge shark knocks her from her board and then attacks her again, with her then scrambling to the small safety of a rocky outcrop in the water some two hundred yards off the shore. Alone and suffering from deep lacerations on her leg, she must figure out what to do, especially with the shark still nearby and high tide eventually coming, meaning her rock will eventually be covered and she'll have to make a risky swim to a nearby buoy.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into films like "Jaws" they might show some interest, which also holds true for fans of lead actress Blake Likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language.


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