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A woman lies fully nude on a hotel bed (we see bare breasts, then partial pubic hair as she rolls over). A nude man climbs into bed with her (we see bare chest), they kiss and hug and talk about not feeling like having sex.

People on a boat dance together and people dance at a restaurant.

A drinking mug is shaped like a breast with the nipple as the drinking spout (it's called "little sipper").

We see people on a beach in swimsuits (men with bare chests and women in bikinis).


A dead man floats in the ocean, we see his body bob under the water a few times and it then submerges and does not come back up.

A shark bumps into a man and a woman, the man drops his knife, the shark tugs on the man pulling him under water, he yells and says that he has been bitten (we see a chunk of his leg missing and the water around them becomes tinged red.

We see small gashes on a woman's leg, and a bit of tissue and blood floats in the water. She says random fish are swimming around it and nibbling at it. (we then see this as the man goes to check)

A woman yells after having been stung by a jellyfish, then the man with her yells when he is also stung.

A shark swims very close to a man and a woman in the ocean and the man pulls out his knife.

DURING THE END CREDITS We see a bloody dead shark on a fishing boat, its fins are cut off, its abdomen is cut open, we see intestines spill out, and a man pulls the contents of its stomach out (including a camera).


16 F-words, 4 scatological terms, 7 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 34 religious exclamations.


People are briefly shown drinking alcohol.


The movie is very frightening and intense. Theirs is an atmosphere of threat and dread throughout, and it is very unsettling.

A woman sleeps while floating in the ocean, a shark bumps into her waking her up, and she panics when the man she was with is nowhere in sight. it turns out he's still alive and close by, but before this is revealed, the scene is very intense.

Many, many sharks circle a woman floating in the ocean.

In several scenes, many sharks circle and splash near two people floating in the ocean -- they panic and are very frightened. A man awakens while floating in the ocean and panics when the woman he was with is not with him.

A man and a woman scream and cry (on separate occasions) in frustration and terror when they realize they have been left behind in the middle of the ocean.

A woman is nauseated from seasickness and dehydration.

Lightning flashes as a storm moves in, a man and a woman float in pitch-black water and panic when they hear splashing around them, but cannot see anything; a shark rubs against the woman's leg, the man screams (he is bitten by a shark) and we see him floating unconscious.

A woman submerges herself and does not come back up.

A character is killed by a shark and another drowns.

Overall Content Rating: 22.5/50

Rated R for language and some nudity
Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:12 / Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:PG (British Columbia) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:G (Québec) / Chile:TE / Finland:K-15 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Iceland:10 / Netherlands:12 / Norway:11 / Peru:Apt / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R

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