The Shape of Water

Movie • 2017 • Drama  

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An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.
This movie contains 45 potentially triggering events.
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
224 supporters
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50
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Anonymous
There are no dogs in The Shape Of Water.
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Unanswered Triggers
Are there sudden loud noises?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Does a family member die?
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Is someone choked?
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
12 supporters
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0
Is someone stabbed?
8 supporters
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Are there dislocations?
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Abandonment
2
SiRenfield
The female lead’s backstory involves being found abandoned near the river as an infant. Although this is only described and not shown on screen
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Is an animal abandoned?
60 supporters
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4
Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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5
Yes
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4
Is someone stalked?
21 supporters
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24
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7
3
CharlieCharlie
The antagonist of the film hunts down the antagonist once he learns her identity. He enters her home and breaks things - could be triggering.
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idk_if_helpful
The main antagonist continues to have sex with his wife even when she starts objecting
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
50 supporters
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4
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5
Is someone gaslighted?
31 supporters
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2
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20
Is a child abused?
75 supporters
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1
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36
2
VinnythePoet
The main antagonist’s children are dismissed out of hand, but he never directs his anger toward them. Still, the coldness might be uncomfortable for some viewers
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Addiction
5
idk_if_helpful
The main antagonist liberally uses painkillers
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Is there addiction?
10 supporters
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31
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10
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Berry
The main antagonist is constantly consuming painkillers after an accident with the fish man

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Does someone abuse alcohol?
8 supporters
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25
Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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4
Does a horse die?
59 supporters
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84
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
107 supporters
Yes
56
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28
14
A cat is killed. He is eaten by the amphibian
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Are animals abused?
125 supporters
Yes
25
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17
5
vermin
Without classifying the asset as human or not, a cat is consumed and beheaded.
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Yes
54
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idk_if_helpful
The fish creature eats a cat's head on-screen, then tosses the rest away
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Is an animal sad?
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4
Are rabbits harmed?
42 supporters
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6
Does a cat die?
111 supporters
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225
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4
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Todd Manning
Ahhh!!! If you’re a cat person once it gets to the scene where he gets out of the tub and the older man is asleep on the toilet - cover your eyes and ears for about 3 minutes.
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Does a pet die?
97 supporters
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11
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0
1
Jwolf
A cat is eaten for food by the creature.
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Does a dragon die?
18 supporters
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51
Are there spiders?
32 supporters
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72
Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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4
Are there snakes?
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41
Are there sharks?
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5
Are there bugs?
20 supporters
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41
Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
11 supporters
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3
Is someone drugged?
20 supporters
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0
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3
Is there pedophilia?
74 supporters
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0
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6
Is someone held under water?
12 supporters
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4
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0
Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
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0
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4
1
rozandro
No, but it does depict the main antagonist of the film continuing sex with his wife after she starts objecting
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
14 supporters
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0
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3
Yes
14
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2
malovela
A very humanoid being is kept in chains, which includes him wearing a large metal ring around his neck.
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45
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3
20
Corellon
The villain has sex with his wife that is initially very consensual, but when she starts to express discomfort, he covers her mouth with a grotesquely wounded and bloody hand and keeps going.
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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4
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3
2
SiRenfield
I mean arguably we do witness a marital rape in the sense that the wife tried to retract consent but the husband isn’t having any of it
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Bodily Harm
Yes
10
No
42
9
Anonymous
No cutting that I noticed, but there are some scars that look like cut marks across the main character's neck that she received as a child.

The creature does accidentally scratch one of the characters when startled, causing claw marks across their arm.
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pedanther
The main antagonist's hand is injured and doesn't get properly treated; it gets infected and its condition deteriorates dramatically over the course of the story. There's a more detailed description in the "finger/toe mutilation" item.
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3
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1
0
BelleFiction
The sea creature slits the villains throat
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31
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0
2
The creature is seen gasping for oxygen several times in the film because his lungs only work out of water for a limited time
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2
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1
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the cat
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Is there cannibalism?
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22
Is someone crushed to death?
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1
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4
Is someone burned alive?
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56
Is someone buried alive?
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24
Is there body horror?
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5
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Is there amputation?
16 supporters
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34
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0
6
a man loses his fingers and they are reattached
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Does a head get squashed?
42 supporters
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28
Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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6
Is there a hanging?
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26
Does someone asphyxiate?
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3
Are any teeth damaged?
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38
Does someone become unconscious?
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3
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Yes
22
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14
6
vermin
Y’all. If someone loses a finger, they had to break a bone in the process.
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Does someone have a seizure?
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36
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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12
Yes
109
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4
20
Anonymous
Oh my god there is so much finger mutilation.
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Is someone tortured?
61 supporters
Yes
79
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0
12
SEAGULLaahh
The fish dude gets tortured by the security chief and Elisa has to helplessly watch him suffer.
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8
1
malovela
No. We do see people walking both up and down stairs.
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Does someone fall to their death?
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31
Yes
5
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34
3
rotbrains
near the end a man gets shot in the face and his eye starts to bleed and kinda go upwards, nasty.
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14
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0
4
JadedUmbra
The wounds in this movie are... disturbingly realistically portrayed. One man is repeatedly shot and then, while still alive and begging, drug around by a bullet hole in his cheek. Akin to a fish on a hook.
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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0
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6
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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0
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57
1
goblinlovr
No children die but there are children present briefly in the movie. the main antagonist has a son. he has literal speaking lines.
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Is a minor sexualized?
67 supporters
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0
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8
Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
12 supporters
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0
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3
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
7 supporters
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2
No
1
Yes
1
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2
1
pedanther
There's an element of ambiguity to what happens to one of the main characters during/after the climactic confrontation, but taken at face value the character apparently survives. A fairly significant supporting character does get killed.
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Does a non-human character die?
18 supporters
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0
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3
Does someone die?
11 supporters
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Yes
6
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0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
26 supporters
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1
No
8
0
tasseomancer
Not specifically the r-word, but there is a lot of ableist language towards and about the non-verbal main character
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SiRenfield
In the sense that Sally Hawkins is not mute and doesn’t have those throat scars I guess. Then again…


[SPOILERS] those scars are actually gils so grey area there
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
11 supporters
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0
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7
Family
Yes
40
No
0
8
Crow75
The water creature was kidnapped by the military and brought to the facility.
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Does a parent die?
12 supporters
Yes
20
No
28
7
Anonymous
Technically yes, as one character who possibly dies off-screen is a father.
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
Yes
34
No
3
7
pocketbee
a man makes (harassing) sexual advances to a woman, while he's already married and has kids
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
18 supporters
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0
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20
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
36 supporters
Yes
57
No
12
5
Maureen Broderick Walters
Fairly mild jump scares
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Is someone possessed?
9 supporters
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0
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33
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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0
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41
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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1
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67
Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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5
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0
Are there razors?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
9 supporters
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0
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3
Yes
91
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2
10
Mary Magpie
Quite a bit of nudity (mostly from main character) in this film. She is shown naked in a tub masturbating twice. She gets naked again and gets in the shower with the creature. She's also naked again with him in the bathroom shortly after.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
14 supporters
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1
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10
Does someone vomit?
64 supporters
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0
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35
8
Anonymous
Couple of times you think someone might be about to vomit, but they never do. I didn't notice anyone spitting, though I could be wrong.
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Is someone eaten?
23 supporters
Yes
3
No
2
2
SiRenfield
No humans far as I can recall but Poor kitty :(
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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0
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3
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
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Yes
3
No
39
Is there audio gore?
34 supporters
Yes
30
No
0
4
CharlieCharlie
Yes, when the man removes his fingers.
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Is there farting?
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0
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3
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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0
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11
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Is there incarceration?
5 supporters
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0
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3
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
27 supporters
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0
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3
Are there transphobic slurs?
36 supporters
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0
No
5
Yes
0
No
4
Yes
2
No
1
0
pedanther
A character is not forcibly outed, but there is an uncomfortable scene where a gay character is rejected by somebody whose good opinion he values after voluntarily revealing his orientation.
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Is there bisexual cheating?
18 supporters
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0
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6
Medical
Yes
15
No
21
13
Corellon
A cattle prod is used as torture, but no therapy is involved.
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Yes
60
No
2
8
Anonymous
At one point a security guard (minor character) is injected in the neck with a hypodermic needle.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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0
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27
Is there a hospital scene?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
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31
Does someone have cancer?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
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32
Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
32 supporters
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0
No
5
Yes
25
No
26
9
Lachesis
Shouldn't we consider the scene where the bad guy torns his own rotten fingers out self harm?
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Is autism misrepresented?
24 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is a mentally ill person violent?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Yes
0
No
3
Is reality unstable or unhinged?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
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3
Does someone have a meltdown?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
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3
Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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Yes
4
No
26
Yes
0
No
8
Are there anxiety attacks?
22 supporters
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Yes
3
No
18
Yes
2
No
26
0
malovela
The water being is kept in a small tank some of the time.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
26 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
Is there autism specific abuse?
33 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Yes
0
No
46
Noxious
Are there underwater scenes?
6 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Does a baby cry?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Is there shakey cam?
25 supporters
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Yes
1
No
44
Is there screaming?
9 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Is there obscene language/gestures?
5 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Are there flashing lights or images?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
52
Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
8 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Is the fourth wall broken?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is there childbirth?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Are there abortions?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
21
Are there babies or unborn children?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
29
Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
35 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
Yes
0
No
27
4
CharlieCharlie
No black people die in this movie.
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Yes
4
No
15
10
CharlieCharlie
No slurs, but a character is homophobic to a gay man.
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7
pocketbee
a white bad guy uses a bad term for jewish people, and refers to anti-semitism in a pretty dismissive way
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
13
Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
Yes
54
No
0
10
pocketbee
black people thrown out of white spaces & belittled, anti-jewish remark, ableism, homophobia. and other racist comments.
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
15 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
Yes
0
No
47
6
CharlieCharlie
No, but this movie does show a homophobic scene. A gay man is told to leave a restaurant (this movie does take place in 1950's America).
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22
pocketbee
ableist remarks against the main mute character, ableist fetishization from her boss. she is also shown singing (stereotype of disabled people becoming abled in their dreams/fantasies)
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Are there n-words?
24 supporters
Yes
5
No
11
4
fluffy8uns
There is one scene where they say the word "n*gro" in television on what seems to be a news report. There are also several uncomfortable period-accurate racist scenes against black americans.
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Is there aphobia?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Race
Is there blackface?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Religious
Yes
1
No
2
0
SiRenfield
The Amphibian was worshipped by the local indigenous population before he was discovered by the scientists. [MAJOR SPOILERS] and in fact the bad guy’s last words are “you are a god”
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Are there demons or Hell?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Sex
Yes
68
No
0
22
Anonymous
There is nudity. There are two female masturbation scenes. There is a heterosexual s*x scene. Anda major plot is the consensual sexual/romantic relationship between the fish man and the female main character.
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2
Triggeredsushi
The villain makes nasty and uncomfortable sexual advances towards our hero in a scary scene.
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Are there nude scenes?
26 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Is there bestiality?
56 supporters
Yes
6
No
1
2
i mean like… she does have sex with the fish man
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Is there BDSM?
13 supporters
Yes
0
No
3
0
SiRenfield
No but the bad guy is a strong advocate of traditional gender roles with women submissive to men and often engages in rather violent sex with his wife. No sane BDSMer would condone this guy obviously (especially as he completely disregards consent) but it could still make sone with this trigger uncomfortable
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SiRenfield
Virginity isn’t established with Eliza, all we really know about her sexual life at the start of the movie is that she makes self-pleasure part of her daily routine
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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60 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Sexism
Yes
0
No
3
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does someone have a chronic illness?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is someone terminally ill?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Social
Is someone homeless?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there anti-abortion themes?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there fat suits?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
29
Yes
0
No
35
5
Anonymous
They end up together in the end
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
11 supporters
Yes
61
No
1
8
Maureen Broderick Walters
A sideswipe to a parked car for humor
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
Yes
0
No
33
1
malovela
No flying scenes.
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Is someone hit by a car?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
27
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Is there blood/gore?
39 supporters
Yes
66
No
0
4
azira
A primary source of gore is one of the characters having his fingers bitten off, reattached, and them subsequently rotting off throughout the film (in one scene, he rips them off and throws them at another character). In another scene, a character shoots another through the cheek and sticks his finger through it, pulling him up by the wound. Very squicky, not for the squeamish.
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
Yes
3
No
37
13
Eric2
Someone is underwater for a good amount of time, they are definitely *not* drowning though and are in fact quite clearly having a nice time
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Yes
34
No
0
4
CharlieCharlie
Yes at least 5 people are shot by the antagonist.
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