The Reef

2006 G 1h 17m DVD

The Reef

2006 G 1h 17m DVD
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In this aquatic animated treat, orphaned fish Pi bids farewell to Boston Harbor for a new life with his psychic aunt in the Caribbean, where he promptly falls for beautiful angelfish Cordelia. But a nasty shark also has his sights set on Cordelia.
Freddie Prinze Jr., Evan Rachel Wood, Donal Logue, Fran Drescher, John Rhys-Davies, R. Lee Ermey, Andy Dick, Rob Schneider
Kyung Ho Lee, John Fox, Howard E. Baker
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Reef's premise involves a fish witnessing his parents being captured by a net and never being seen again, which could frighten very young kids. There are a number of scary-looking fish with sharp teeth in the film. It also involves sustained bullying from a creepy tiger shark who demands the affections of a female fish and abuses everyone. Though the message is ultimately a positive one about sticking up for yourself, there are numerous scuffles, insults, and a major plot point that involves fighting to solve a problem.

Sexual Content


The Reef begins with a fish whose parents are captured by net and never seen again. It features sustained bullying throughout in the form of a tiger shark who terrorizes and intimidates the ocean community, insults others, beats them up, and demands the affections of a girl fish to a creepy extent. A major plot point involves the training of a fish to fight another fish. Fish are involved in numerous scuffles, which involve a great deal of fin-slapping and shoving. There are quite a few scary-looking fish with razor-sharp teeth. In one scene, a shark chases a smaller fish at length, with the perspective being through a mouth full of sharp teeth chomping after him.


Consistent use of insulting language, such as "dumb," "idiot," "stupid," and more.

Social Behavior

The Reef offers positive messages about community, integrity, doing the right thing, and standing up for yourself or others.


Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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