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1/10 Not an issue, though there are images of women swimming in bikinis.

7/10 Though the movie doesn't feature wall-to-wall violence.

It contains life-changing moments, notably the brief but powerful imagery of dolphins being slaughtered.

We mainly see the water turn red with blood.

There are images of fishermen striking blows and images of struggling dolphins.

Otherwise, there is the almost-constant threat of violence, as the filmmakers attempt to get close to the killing grounds.

There are aggressive face-offs, and other vaguely sinister confrontations.

3/10 Very brief, sporadic language.

Including uses of "Goddammit" and "Christ." One use of "shit"

One brief use of the middle finger.

1/10 A man is seen smoking a cigarette.

8/10 Contains brief, but disturbing and gruesome imagery around the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

The movie is informative, interesting, and inspiring, but contains shocking pictures: blood-red water, fishermen striking blows, and dolphins struggling and dying.

Also, there's an almost constant tension in the film, an ever-present threat of violence.

The goal of the movie is to inspire audiences that something can be done, but sensitive and younger viewers might wish to avoid it.

This is a very emotionally jarring movie.

Total: 20/50

Rated PG-13 for disturbing content
Australia:M / Austria:12 / Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / France:Tous publics / Germany:6 / Ireland:PG / Japan:PG12 / Netherlands:12 / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Sweden:7 / UK:12A / USA:PG-13 (certificate #45375)

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