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Crawl | 2019 | R | – 1.9.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Crawl” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “bloody creature violence, and brief language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few swim meet scenes with young women wearing swimsuits; many scenes of alligator attacks that include people being chomped on while they scream and thrash, a man being torn apart and others losing limbs with a lot of blood and bone visible accompanied by prolonged screaming, many jump scenes when alligators pop out of murky water or shadows, and a drowning; and at least 4 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, a young woman (Kaya Scodelario) and her injured father (Barry Pepper) seek refuge in their home’s crawl space. Trapped by floodwaters and with time running out, they are soon joined by alligators. Also with Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon and George Somner. Directed by Alexandre Aja. [Running Time: 1:27]

Crawl SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A young woman tells her older sister that she remembers the older sibling getting caught with her boyfriend by her parents, when the women were much younger. A man makes a comment about growing a beard for “Internet dating.”
 Several scenes show young women wearing one piece swimsuits at a swim meet (cleavage, backs, legs and lower buttocks are seen). Women are shown in a locker room wearing swimsuits after a meet and one young woman undresses (our view is blocked by a locker and we only see her bare shoulders). Part of a dead man’s bare chest is seen where his clothes have been torn away during an alligator attack (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).


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Crawl VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 – An alligator climbs on a small motor boat and chomps on a young woman’s leg as she screams: we see blood and her leg being devoured by the animal as she is pulled out of the boat and into the water and a young man nearby runs toward her until he is pulled into the water by an alligator; he calls out for another young man in a store and we see him being pulled back under water, then slammed against the window of the store with blood on the glass and the third person is grabbed inside the store by a gator, bitten and thrashed around with blood spreading in the water as he screams.
 A man outside a house walks through deepening water and runs when he realizes alligators are moving toward him; he is grabbed by one alligator and struggles and screams as many others surround him and pull him to pieces (we see his limbs pull away and his head separates from his body as blood spreads in the water). A man leans over an opening leading to a basement and an alligator grabs him in its mouth, pulls him into water in the space below and thrashes him around; the man struggles to pull himself back up and we see him with blood on his face and arms, and he is pulled back into the water and he screams as he is bitten repeatedly (blood spreads in the water). A man’s arm is bitten by an alligator and as he struggles to free himself, the arm is broken (we see blood and the exposed bone) and he screams as the alligator tears the arm free from below the elbow and the man screams and wraps it with a belt (we see a lot of blood). A young woman is bitten on the leg and thrashed by an alligator (we see her bloody leg with toothmarks in it later), she kicks it in the head and it lets her go, she crawls away and another alligator charges her until she traps its head in a metal cage, she becomes entangled in cables and the other gator snaps at her until she stabs it with a screwdriver (we see blood) and finds a space to hide. A young woman retrieves a pistol and shoots an alligator as it lunges toward her; it grabs her arm in its mouth and bites as she continues to shoot repeatedly and the creature dies (we see blood on the young woman’s arm and she screams).
 A man is trapped under a house as the space fills with water; he gasps for air and pounds on the ceiling to try to breathe, then sinks under water and we see him gasping as he falls still until he is pulled out and CPR is performed on him (he eventually revives). A plate glass window is shattered by water and an alligator comes through knocking a young woman down and trapping her in a room with it; the alligator bites the young woman’s arm and rolls her around under water until she stabs it in the head with a flare, killing it (we see blood on the wound and in the water). A young woman drags an unconscious man on a tarp through a dark space under a house until a large alligator crashes through the ceiling and charges toward her; she drags the man back to a spot where pipes block the alligator’s access and hides.
 A young woman swims under water through a space under a house to reach stairs and get out trying not to be spotted by alligators while a man clanks on metal pipes to disorient them; an alligator swims toward the man and he dislodges a support pole causing a beam to fall on the creature; the man slams it in the head repeatedly with a brick and a shovel until it is dead (we see blood in the water). A young woman is chased through a flooded house by an alligator, she gets into a shower stall and closes the door as the gator swims around outside it and slams into the glass; the young woman climbs out of the stall and traps the gator inside. A young woman moves toward a large drain pipe and an alligator moves through it and into the water near her; the young woman finds what looks like a dead cat and a dead man in the water near the drain (we see bloody wounds on the man’s body). A young woman swims through a submerged drain pipe and to the surface as several alligators swim around her; she is chased by a gator and gets onto land just as it snaps at her. A man, a young woman and a dog move through flooded streets to reach a boat and they are surrounded by alligators; they are forced to stop moving when the rain stops and when it starts again, the young woman swims toward the boat, gets in and speeds toward the man and the dog just as a levee breaks and a wall of water flushes them into a house (we see furniture and tree limbs washing through the house and around the people). A young woman clings to a roof gutter fighting the current of rising water until she is pulled to safety.
 We hear something large moving in the darkness as a young woman crawls through a space under a house and finds bloody handprints on a pipe, and then sees her father unconscious with a large bloody wound on his shoulder and he revives and moans. A young woman moves through murky water in several scenes knowing that there are alligators present.
 A man’s leg is shown broken and we see exposed bone and a lot of blood; he tries to set the bone in a scene using tools and a belt and screams as the bone moves back into position (we see the exposed bone and blood).
 A young woman goes into a house searching for her father while a storm rages outside; a tree crashes through the window near where she is standing and she screams. A young woman crawls through a space under a house and squeals when mice skitter by and when she finds a dead animal in a trap (it may be a raccoon with flies buzzing around it). A young woman dislodges a hatch in a floor and many spiders fall on her face; she screams and brushes them away. A young woman accidentally breaks an alligator egg and we see goo; a baby gator hatches nearby.
 A car is shown flipped on its side in an intersection with other lines of cars stopped nearby as people try to evacuate an area during a storm. A young woman drives through heavy rain and blowing wind as a hurricane moves through a coastal area; we hear radio announcements advising people to leave and that rescue teams, “Won’t be able to come for you.” Three people loot a gas station and load an ATM machine into a boat. A dog cries and runs out of a room when thunder claps loudly.
 A young woman hears her father’s voice saying, “Don’t let them see you cry” when she loses a swim meet.


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Crawl LANGUAGE 5

 – About 4 F-words, 14 scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (Prince Charming, little jerk, selfish, pea brained lizard), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, I Swear To God, My God, Thank God). | profanity glossary |


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Crawl SUBSTANCE USE

 – We see a partially empty bottle of liquor on a table in a home.


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Crawl DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Hurricanes, severe weather, estranged families, divorce, winning/losing, disappointment, survival.

Crawl MESSAGE

 – Surviving severe storms is a challenge especially when alligators are involved.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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