Under the Skin

2014 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD

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Under the Skin

2014 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD
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Jonathan Glazer's atmospheric, visually arresting abstraction stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien who prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell, only to be consumed by a strange liquid pool.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jeremy McWilliams
  • Lynsey Taylor Mackay
  • Dougie McConnell
  • Kevin McAlinden
  • Andrew Gorman
  • Joe Szula
  • Krystof Hádek
  • Roy Armstrong
  • Alison Chand
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Under the Skin is a creepy, atmospheric thriller about a woman who reaps men from the streets of Glasgow, ostensibly for sex, but actually to kill and feed on. It's disturbing, no question, even though there's little dialog and not a lot of gore. There's only one swear word, but plenty of nudity, including male full-frontal, and a few scenes showing couples engaged in sex, though we don't see it in explicit detail.

Sexual Content

Lots of full-frontal nudity, including men's genitalia and a hint of a woman's pubic region. The central female character's breasts and backside are visible, too. In one scene, a man and a woman start to have sex, and his naked backside is visible as they get into a sexual position.


The plot centers on a woman who picks up men on the street for what seems like sex, but turns into something more nefarious. Little to no gore, but the imagery is disturbing, especially when naked men are shown being absorbed by a strange body of water. The soundtrack and sound effects pile on, enveloping most scenes in a very charged, tense feeling. A woman is shown being chased in the woods by a would-be rapist. He slaps her and manhandles and tries to rip her clothes off.


One instance of the word "s--t."

Social Behavior

The movie is set in a grim world of anonymous sex and danger.


Some labels seen, including stores in a mall like Clare's, Boots, Foot Locker, Marks & Spencer and Next; Tesco, the supermarket, is name-dropped. In a store, bags of Doritos are glimpsed.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking at a nightclub.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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