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Underwater | 2020 | PG-13 | – 2.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Underwater” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sci-fi action and terror, and brief strong language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few scenes of people wearing underwear; many scenes of people being attacked by unfamiliar creatures, a couple of people imploding due to pressure changes with blood shown, jump scenes with creatures popping out of the darkness, and discussions of dangerous activities; and at least 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


When a deep sea drilling crew is stranded at the bottom of the Mariana Trench after a catastrophic anomaly leads to the destruction of their station, they have to try to escape to the surface while contending with flooding, faulty equipment and mechanical failures, as well as lethal creatures whose habitat has been disturbed. With Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie and Gunner Wright. Directed by William Eubank. [Running Time: 1:35]

Underwater SEX/NUDITY 2

 – Several people hug when they find each other in the wreckage of a station.
 A woman is shown wearing her bra and underwear that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back and legs to the hips in a few scenes. A woman wears a sports bra and sweatpants and we see her cleavage, bare abdomen and back. A man’s bare chest and abdomen are seen when he is pulled out from rubble. A man undresses down to his underwear and we see that his boxers are shredded from having been buried under rubble (partial buttocks and upper thighs are seen).


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Underwater VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – Five people swim through a narrow passageway and the last person is pulled back the other way by something in the water; they all struggle to keep the men from being pulled away and we see his helmet visor sprayed with blood as the others say that he was ripped out of his suit by something. A creature grabs a woman and pounds her on the ground like a rag doll, it falls on top of her helmet and begins to swallow her whole until she shoots it from the inside with a flare gun and climbs out through the resulting hole; many more creatures surround her and then disappear to be replaced by a giant creature that roars and we see its large pointed teeth. Two men move outside a vessel toward a damaged escape pod and they see what looks like algae all over its surface; they also see a dead body with something moving on its back and then something lunges at them and they shoot it (it is a slimy pink flesh creature with talons on tentacles and a mouth with pointed teeth in it); it flinches and squeals while a woman examines it but it is dead and one of the two men says that it “Was eating the dead body.” Three people crawl through a narrow passageway and they pass a dead woman with blood on her head and face and her eyes are open.
 Four people walk through darkness outside an underwater station and they see something moving around them: a man is grabbed and taken into a cave, another man retrieves him and goes back in for a gun but is attacked by a creature and he’s pulled away along with a woman attached to him by a cable; they crash into a structure, the man gets caught in cables and the creature attacks the woman trying to eat her helmet until the man stabs the creature but it takes them both deeper as their suits warn that the pressure is too great; the man lets go of the woman, we see his visor crack, his suit implodes and a large shockwave moves through the water throwing the woman and when she revives a giant octopus lunges toward her (she gets away). Six people wearing diving suits lower out of a station and out to the ocean where one man’s helmet visor begins to crack and when it gives way he is blown out of the area and the other people are thrown (we understand that the man is dead). Two people run through a hallway toward a section in a station that will be closed off when the station begins to break apart, water sprays up through the floor and the safety door is closed before the two people can make it to safety (we understand that they must have died); an explosion throws two other people on the other side of the door and one person revives with a bloody wound on his head. Two people move through the rubble of a station toward escape pod bays and one woman hears a voice; the two people find a man trapped under the rubble and pull him out (he seems unharmed but has blood on his face). Five people in a vessel drop out of control and when they land, they mount their helmets and run outside the vessel; heavy debris falls around them, one man is knocked down by some and his oxygen apparatus is damaged (we see him later coughing and vapor escapes when his helmet is removed). Two women dragging an unconscious man enter a station and one woman’s helmet won’t release so the other woman breaks the visor to allow her to breathe.
 A woman initiates a core meltdown in an undersea station and we see a giant shockwave envelope a giant creature as it roars. Two women walk through an area where many creatures seem to be sleeping (we see their limbs that look like hands and feet float like algae in the moving water). A woman hears water dripping in an undersea drilling station and when she goes to investigate the walls of the hallway burst in followed by electrical flashes and sparks popping; the woman runs through the hallways pounding on doors and yelling for people to get up and out. After an undersea explosion people revive and we hear a high-pitched whine over muffled voices. Tentacled creatures move around the windows of a vessel and people inside yell. A woman walks alone along the bottom of the ocean and sees another woman in the distance; she runs for the other woman and they fall to the ground with one woman screaming with her eyes closed (we see that she has been dragging an unconscious man behind her). A man is loaded into an escape pod and launched to the surface and a woman is punched in the face by another woman and loaded into an escape pod that is launched to the surface; we see creatures gathering and moving quickly to surround the pods as they move upward. The window glass of a vessel is shown to be cracking.
 We hear people screaming and loud noises on a radio transmission from another drilling station. People argue about a plan to leave a damaged station and walk across the bottom of the ocean with insufficient oxygen. We hear the grinding and creaking of metal throughout the movie. We hear that the power core of a station is unstable. A woman hyperventilates in few scenes. A woman talks about how her fiancé died. We hear warnings of an “imminent structural failure.” We read that drilling crews are working at depths of over 36,000 feet in the Mariana Trench and that they face danger from prolonged exposure to tremendous atmospheric pressure. A voiceover says that you lose all sense of day and night when you are so deep underwater. A woman says, “I’ve never seen someone die before.” A man says, “I’ve never seen somebody implode before.” A man gives a stuffed rabbit to a woman and tells her that if the rabbit doesn’t make it, “He will haunt her.” A man says that some of the water flowing through a station is likely to be sewerage.
 A woman is shown with a cut on her face for many scenes in the movie. A man is shown with his arm in a bandage and a sling.


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Underwater LANGUAGE 5

 – About 2 F-words and 1 possible additional F-word (it’s not very clear), 13 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (flat chested, intern, weak, stupid, GI Joe, old man, senile), exclamations (oh my gosh, man), 2 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Underwater SUBSTANCE USE

 – None.


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Underwater DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Undersea drilling, unexplored places, optimism, cynicism, dangerous professions, disturbed creatures.

Underwater MESSAGE

 – There are some places that maybe humans shouldn’t go.

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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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