The Abyss

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A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.
This movie contains 29 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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goodandhorrid
There are no dogs in this movie.
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Unanswered Triggers
Are there sudden loud noises?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Mild spoiler:

The villain experiences pressure-induced psychosis and descends into a state of severe paranoia and violence.
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No, but the characters' perceptions of reality are challenged when they encounter strange entities living in the depths of the ocean.
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Not really. One character thinks that the underwater entity he saw was an angel.
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Is there screaming?
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A female character's mouth is taped shut.
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A character dissociates from reality as a result of severe paranoia from pressure-induced psychosis coupled with an encounter with previously unknown entities living in the ocean depths.
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Spoiler:

No verbal debates, but the underwater entities show a human visitor recorded images of the violence, wars, and weapons people use against each other. It's meant to elicit thoughts on the way we value life and each other and that if we don't change our ways, everything will be destroyed. In one cut of the movie, the entities threaten to engulf the land with giant tsunamis until peace is agrees upon.
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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greenteadragon
No, but a man slaps his partner while she is unconscious, in order to revive her.
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Not exactly. A woman is smacked hard several times across the face and violently shaken in a desperate attempt to revive her after she drowned.
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No gaslighting, but a couple of people are invalidated by others when they talk about a phenomenon they claimed to have witnessed.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
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The American Humane Association rated this film "unacceptable" because of the rat that was submerged in oxygenated liquid in one scene.
"James Cameron later admitted that four rats had indeed gone through the procedure without problems; the fifth, however, suffered a cardiac arrest. Fortunately, Cameron was able to revive it through careful chest compressions, and later kept it as a pet."
Supposedly, the only purpose for the cuts in the sequence was to avoid showing the rats defecating from panic.
And you need only watch the scene to see a rat in enormous distress.
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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goodandhorrid
There are a couple scenes where a white rat is in peril that are a little upsetting but she lives.
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Are animals abused?
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goodandhorrid
There is a scene near the beginning where a white rat is used as a demonstration for a liquid oxygen. Her owner does not consent. She is totally fine but it is a little upsetting to watch.
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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ptsdean
No, but there are small dark-colored crabs, shown running across a dead man's face, which may trigger arachnophobia.
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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ptsdean
No, but there are small dark-colored crabs, shown running across a dead man's face, which may trigger anxiety.
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Assault
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Amy17
to be revived, in a moment where the man thinks she's dying and is desperate to wake her up
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Is someone drugged?
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Amy17
no though they are used to revive someone who is drowning
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Is there pedophilia?
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OrganicMekanic
A pet rat is held underwater. It does not drown, but it is very distressed.
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
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Anonymous
See self harm" comment
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Are any hands damaged?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Yes
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Anonymous
Several scenes involve characters visibly drowning or nearly drowning.
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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c_t
briefly, during a fight scene. the character survives
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Anonymous
A character is shown with his leg in a full splint, but the actual break is not shown.
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Anonymous
A man has a seizure-like incident during a dive that leads to him briefly being comatose. He fully recovers.
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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ptsdean
A man's fingers are stuck in a hydraulic door as it closes, but they are protected by his ring and he is able to remove them safely.
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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ptsdean
Inside a submersible vehicle -- pressure crushes it as it falls down deeper in the ocean.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
1
Lindsey (the white woman) lets herself drown so Bud can take them both back to get air.
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SPOILER:

The main villain in the movie dies.
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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0
There's a minor jumpscare when a character turns around and is startled to see the villain standing there with a gun.
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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The entire movie takes place at the bottom of the ocean.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Anonymous
A character vomits up water after being resuscitated.
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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Anonymous
Multiple characters spit water or other liquids out of their mouths.
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Is there audio gore?
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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5
Yes
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5
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
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greenteadragon
No, but defibrillators are.
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greenteadragon
The injection is not shown, but a character prepares a needle.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Anonymous
Multiple scenes in a ship’s med baby but no actual hospital scenes.
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Anonymous
Michael Biehn cuts his arm with a knife while suffering from high-pressure nervous syndrome.
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Mild spoiler:

The villain experiences pressure-induced psychosis and descends into a state of severe paranoia and violence.
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Does someone have a meltdown?
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Is there misophonia?
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3
Is there ABA therapy?
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3
Is there body dysphoria?
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4
Is there body dysmorphia?
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5
Are there anxiety attacks?
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Anonymous
Most of the movie could be considered claustrophobic. Being in an oil rig and nuclear sub under water with low ceilings and narrow halls and people drowning
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
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99% of the movie takes place under water.
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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ptsdean
Also a blurry fish-eye type of effect that may be nauseating.
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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Anonymous
There are flashing and bright lights throughout most of the film.
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Paranoia
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A character is watched on camera without his knowledge. Other characters spy on each other's actions and conversations.

Spoiler:
The underwater entities were always watching humans and our behavior towards each other.
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Yes
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No
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Anonymous
The black character remains unharmed throughout the film.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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ptsdean
No, but there's a lot of time-typical misogynistic speech -- the usual you'll find in late-80's/early-90s movies.
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Yes
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
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ptsdean
One instance of a woman's bare chest during CPR.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Yes
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3
Lindsey (the white woman) is resuscitated through CPR, so Bud tears her shirt off. It is not sexual.
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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4
Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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Sexism
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c_t
not *ridiculed* per say, but a comment is made close to the phrasing of “big boys don’t cry”
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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4
Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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4
Are there anti-abortion themes?
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4
Are there fat suits?
13 supporters
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4
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Yes
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Not a car, but more than one person is hit by a small submarine.
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Violence
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10
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ptsdean
Threatened use of underwater nuclear warheads.
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Is there blood/gore?
29 supporters
Yes
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No
0
5
Anonymous
Little bit of blood but nothing extreme
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
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20
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goodandhorrid
Many drowned bodies are shown near the beginning of the movie. About midway through the rig begins to floor and many people are locked behind a door. It is implied that they drown. Near the end of the movie when two characters are trapped in a small underwater vehicle one chooses to drown and be later resuscitated. The scene is pretty upsetting as the water rises and they begin to panic and drown onscreen. At the end a character resigns to running out of oxygen but is saved at the last minute.
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Is there gun violence?
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