14A(14A) Violence, Sexual Content, Not Recommended For Children


Fantasy/Romance. In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) forms a relationship with an aquatic creature (Doug Jones).

Content elements

  • Frequent, often aggressive use of the sexual expletive and variations, some in a sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang; infrequent use of cursing, profanity, vulgar expression, and ethno-cultural slurs
  • Frequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, some in a torture context – blood and detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity – breast and buttock nudity, detail
  • Infrequent female frontal and buttock nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Frequent portrayals of tobacco use in recreational and historical contexts

Thematic elements

  • The possibility of true love
  • Companionship and connection
  • Acceptance and belonging
  • Standing up to cruelty and oppression

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for detailed violence and sexual content, as well as some coarse language all in a dramatic context

Classification date

November 20, 2017