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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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A teenage girl goes skinny dipping. It is at night, but we see the silhouette of her bare breast briefly, and some flashes of her skin underwater. As the shark attacks her and she holds onto a buoy, the side of her bare breast is available again.

One brief sexual scene


Many intense or disturbing shark attacks, which are often bloody.

An important character slides into Jaws' mouth. Jaws chomps down on his waist and blood fills the water. There is a close up of him being chomped repeatedly as blood fills the water and wounds open up on his body. Blood erupts from his mouth and he is fully consumed by the shark. A large pool of blood is left in the water, and the shark's mouth is covered in blood.

A teenage girl's hand, missing one finger, turns up on the beach. There is no blood.

A man is dragged out of a rowboat by a shark. We see him partially in its mouth as it bites down. This is somewhat obscured by the bubbles and water. We then see his bloody severed leg floating to the bottom of the ocean. A large amount of blood clouds the water.

A boy is attacked while swimming. Blood spurts and bubbles everywhere, clouding the water in red. We do not see the shark or its biting, but we later see the bloody and torn float he was riding on wash up on the beach.

In a slightly disturbing jump scene, a pale corpse, missing an eye, floats up into the dark water, illuminated by a flashlight.

A man investigates a corpse, which we do not see, save for a bloody severed arm. He gives a fairly graphic description of how she was killed by the shark.

A man shoots at Jaws. We see many bloody bullet holes in the shark as blood trails in the water. This happens several times. Jaws is also harpooned.

A shark is killed. It has blood all over its mouth. Later, its stomach is cut open and lots of white fluid spills out. A man pulls fish, a licence plate, and other items out as well.

A man looks at pictures of shark victims that have chunks of flesh missing. The skin is healed up around the wounds, but it is still rather greusome.

A man digs a hook into a piece of fish. Many bloody pieces of fish are thrown into the water.

A man tells some disturbing and violent stories about people who were killed by sharks. He speaks of them being ripped in half and torn to pieces.

Minor cuts are shown.

Jaws is blown up at the end. We see a large ball of water expanding. It is full of blood and chunks of flesh. The shark is blown to bits, and pieces of him going flying everywhere and float toward the bottom of the ocean.


7 uses of Hell

5 uses of Damn

5 uses of Ass

4 uses of Goddamn

5 uses of Bitch

3 uses of Bastard

2 uses of Shit


The movie begins with a group of teenagers passing around a marijuana joint and drinking on the beach.

Drinking and smoking are shown constantly throughout the film. People are shown to be drunk.

Three men sit around in a boat drinking and begin to appear drunk.


Much of the movie is filled with intense scenes of anticipation or actual attack. The intensity grows during some of the scenes and is amplified but the lack of visibility of the shark and the ominous background music.

There are a number of frightening scenes in which the shark threatens or attacks humans. The tension is particularly heightened with the famous theme music with its throbbing alternating pattern of two notes that quickens in tempo and intensity as the shark approaches to strike.

In addition to the attack scenes there are several scenes of surprising fright - for example a diver is examining a damaged boat and while looking into an underwater hole in the hull, a severed head appears.

The shark attack scenes are occasional rather than frequent and are separated by lengthy interludes of dialogue, narrative and humor.

The scenes with the shark are usually very intense and disturbing; the shark looks frightening.

Several scenes depicting body parts and others depicting shark attack and/or predatory behavior.

Many characters including children at risk of a shark attack shown from the point-of-view of the shark.

Some of the stories told about deaths caused by sharks are very disturbing.

A man's dog goes missing, as he is playing with him on a crowded beach that is being monitored by beach patrol for a possible shark in the area. The man calls the dog repeatedly, only to see the stick the dog was playing fetch with, bobbing in the is assumed by the audience that the dog was consumed by the shark. May bother some animal lovers or children.

Overall, the movie is often pretty frightening and it is known that after watching, it took many viewers a substantial amount of time before they could get back into the water. The violence, especially the ending, is very unsettling.

Suggested MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of disturbing violence, brief sexuality, some nudity and drug content.

Other than the marijuana it's appropriate for 14+

Argentina:18 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1995) / Chile:TE+7 (re-release) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:U (re-rating) (1993) / India:A (original rating) (1975) / Ireland:12A / Ireland:15 (original DVD rating) / Ireland:12 (DVD re-rating) (2012) / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Netherlands:16 (TV rating) / Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) (1975) / New Zealand:M / Norway:16 (original rating) / Norway:15 (video rating) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 (TV rating) (2015) / South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2000) / South Korea:18 (VHS rating) (1978) / South Korea:All (theatrical rating) (1978) / Spain:T / Sweden:15 / Taiwan:GP / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (tv rating) / UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2012) / UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1993) (2000) / USA:PG (Certificate #24175) / USA:TV-PG (LSV) (TV rating) / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / West Germany:16

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