The Blue Lagoon

1980 R 1h 44m DVD

The Blue Lagoon

1980 R 1h 44m DVD
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Set in the lush environs of a deserted tropical island, this coming-of-age tale follows two shipwrecked children -- Emmeline and Richard -- who are stranded for years. As the cute kids turn into beautiful teenagers, nature takes its course.
Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Elva Josephson, Glenn Kohan, Alan Hopgood, Gus Mercurio
Randal Kleiser
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, Korean, Spanish (Neutral), Chinese Simplified, Portuguese, Thai
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the main questionable content in The Blue Lagoon is nudity, and there's a lot of it. Both male and female bodies are seen, fully frontal once or twice, and quite a few times Richard's penis and Emmeline's breasts are clearly visible. An argument can be made, and at the time the movie was released it certainly was, that filming and showing children in the nude (at all stages of development) is inherently wrong, and those who feel that way should steer clear. If nudity is not an issue, the movie is otherwise fairly tame. There are a few extensive scenes of caressing and some kissing as the protagonists are observed following nature's course without any kind of guidance and almost entirely ignorant about human development. There are a few startling images of blood, a moderate spanking, and a human-sacrifice ritual that doesn't show the actual killing but does show a spurt of blood.

Sexual Content

Most of the sexual content is from the nudity of children at all stages of development: infant, toddler, pre-pubescence, and post-pubescence. Both Richard and Emmeline are seen a few times fully from the front, and they're frequently seen swimming naked with Richard's penis clearly visible. A baby boy also swims naked, and his genitalia are fully seen. Emmeline's bare breasts are seen several times, but usually she's scantily clad. The children are shown going through the stages of puberty, noticing their changing feelings and emotions and growing physical attraction to each other. They don't act on those feelings until they're a bit older, but once they discover sex they're shown kissing a few times, and there are several extensive scenes of caressing, mostly innocuously on arms, backs, and the shoulder area, but Emmeline's breast is shown being caressed a couple of times. Actual sex is only hinted at as characters, for example, roll off-camera and are next seen asleep and entwined. More advanced sexual behavior is also hinted at once when Emmeline is nursing their baby, and it's implied that Richard suckles the other breast. We see Emmeline get her first period, have morning sickness, feel the baby move, give birth, and breastfeed. Richard is seen from behind masturbating, and Emmeline later mentions that she's seen everything he does.


Young Richard and Emmeline are briefly shown getting spanked, although not terribly harshly. They struggle against it (Emmeline bites the spanker) but aren't shown as seriously hurt. A fire breaks out on the ship, and passengers and crew struggle with each other while attempting to escape. Richard slaps Emmeline in the face after she hits him on the head with a coconut. A human skull, a dead body, and a full skeleton are shown. There are several brief glimpses of blood and gore: The apparent remnants of a ritual are briefly seen as an indistinct but small, bloody mass; Richard witnesses a human sacrifice, and although the killing's not shown directly, blood is shown spurting onto the executioner's face; stones flow with blood; a lot of blood is briefly shown in water and some is on Emmeline's hands when she gets her first period; bloody hands are briefly shown from rope burn. Richard and Emmeline attempt suicide together by eating poison berries.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

This movie is meant to entertain and titillate and doesn't try to offer positive or negative messages.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Emmeline finds a keg and tastes a drop from the tap and refers to it as "funny stuff." Paddy is seen once behaving drunk, comically singing and dancing.

  • 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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