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(1975)

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Certification

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Certification

Sex & Nudity

  • Rated PG-13 for creature violence, gore, language and brief nudity
  • A teenage girl goes skinny dipping. It is at night, but the silhouette of her bare breast is briefly seen. Her butt is seen.
  • As the camera approaches the swimmer from below (3 minutes in), it becomes evident that she is completely naked.
  • A woman asks a man if he wants to get drunk and fool around, implying sex.

Violence & Gore

  • A man's severed head appears in the hull of a sunken boat. One of his eye sockets is empty. Quite gruesome.
  • 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. He is partially seen in its mouth as it bites down. This is somewhat obscured by the bubbles and water. His bloody severed leg is then seen sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Plenty of blood clouds the water.
  • A man investigates a corpse. He gives a graphic description of how she was killed by the shark.
  • Brody shoots at the shark. Many bloody bullet holes are seen in the shark as blood trails in the water.
  • A man looks at pictures of shark victims that have chunks of flesh missing. The skin is healed up around the wounds in one picture, but it is still rather gruesome.

Profanity

  • 5 uses of "ass", 5 uses of "bitch", 3 uses of "bastard", 2 uses of "shit", 5 uses of "damn", 4 uses of "Goddamn", 7 uses of "hell", and 1 incomplete "son of a bitch".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One of the characters ignores advice to have the wine breathe a little, and fills an entire tumbler with wine. He is later shown slightly under the influence.
  • A group of teenagers pass around a marijuana joint and drink while on a beach.
  • People are shown drinking.
  • People are shown smoking.
  • Three men sit around in a boat drinking and begin to appear drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This movie would most likely make you stay out of the water. Some scenes with the shark are disturbing.
  • The shark is very frightening for audiences.
  • The movie can be traumatic for people swimming in the ocean.
  • By today's standards this is a PG-13 however Jaws does fit the criteria of a PG for: Some strong bloody creature violence, frightening moments. This film is nowhere near an R rating.
  • 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 scenes with the shark are usually very intense and disturbing; the shark may appear frightening to some viewers.
  • 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 waves. It is assumed that the dog was consumed by the shark. This may be upsetting for younger viewers or animal lovers.

Spoilers

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Violence & Gore

  • One of the main characters is killed by a shark. There is a very disturbing scream and lots of blood.
  • At the beginning, a teenage girl is attacked by a shark, and after a few disturbing screams, we see blood in the water.
  • A grieving mother slaps a man whom she thinks is responsible for her child being attacked and killed by the shark.
  • Quint 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 boy is attacked while swimming. Blood spurts and bubbles everywhere, clouding the water in red.
  • 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.
  • Quint 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.
  • A shark's head is blown up. It is full of blood and chunks of flesh. The shark's head is blown to bits, and pieces of it fly everywhere and, along with its mangled corpse, sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • When Hooper goes diving down to Ben Gardner's destroyed boat, we get a jump scare when Ben Gardner jumps out of the boat dead.
  • Quint's death scene is very disturbing as he slides in the sharks mouth and the animal chomps down on him. He screams and gargles on his own blood with Chief Brody watching in horror.
  • The films opening scene with a female character being attacked by a shark while swimming at night is very intense and disturbing. The shark is not seen but the woman is thrashed about and screams and is eventually pulled under the water.
  • The scene in which the shark attacks the character Matt Hooper while hes in a cage under water is quite intense and includes a jump scare.
  • There is a scene in which a young boy is attacked and killed by the shark. This scene is particularly upsetting.

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