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Parents Guide for
The Impossible (2012) More at IMDbPro »Lo imposible (original title)

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5/10 - The nudity in this film is naturalistic and is meant to highlight the panic of the disaster. It is not glamorous or sexual.

A woman dresses and her breast is briefly (blink and you missed it) glimpsed from the side.

Immediately after the tsunami, a woman has a bloody wound on her chest. Her shirt has ripped and one of her breasts is briefly visible, which she does not notice in her dazed state. Her son shakily points it out and she then quickly covers herself.

A woman has her top cut open by doctors in preparation for surgery and her breasts are very briefly revealed, however they are mostly obscured and can be easily missed.

A dazed man walks completely nude down the street. His buttocks is visible from a distance, but it is very obscure.

A dead woman can be seen completely nude with her breasts and buttocks visible, however the shot is so brief that it is very easily missed.

7/10 - Strong, realistic violence

During the Tsunami sequence, many people are shown being hit by the wave. Dead bodies can be seen floating in the water and people are seen with bloody injuries. The main characters can be seen being bashed around and cut open by debris. The scene is incredibly intense and disturbing and will upset most viewers.

After the wave, dozens of dead bodies with bloody wounds can be seen. Hundreds of people are shown with bloody injuries and are shown in intense pain.

The back of a woman's leg is ripped open and the tattered, bloody wound is shown. This is very graphic and disturbing.

Disturbing images are constant after the initial tsunami scene.


1 whispered use of 'fuck', several uses of 'shit', and other uses of mild profanities.


The tsunami sequence occurs about 15 minutes into the film and lasts for nearly 10 minutes. The scene is incredibly intense and realistic, focusing on the pain and terror of the characters. The scene is extremely disturbing and powerful, and will scare and disturb most viewers. The remainder of the film deals with the aftermath, which is equally as disturbing. Many highly realistic scenes of destruction and death can be seen, and these scenes are very likely to upset viewers. The film is also very emotionally intense. Overall, the intensity and realism of the film means that only mature audiences should be viewing the film.

There is a very strong sense of threat throughout much of the film.

TOTAL: 26/50

MPAA/USA - Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity.

BBFC/UK - Rated 12A (natural disaster scenes, moderate injury detail, brief nudity).

Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:12 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:TE / Denmark:15 / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:12 / India:UA / Ireland:12A / Italy:T / Japan:G / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / Philippines:PG-13 / Poland:12 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG13 / South Korea:12 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) / UK:12A / USA:PG-13 (certificate #47446)

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