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The Whale Parents Guide – Is it OK for Teens?

Wondering if The Whale is ok for teens? This deeply emotional movie will be too much for most tweens and teens, but Brendan Fraser gives a powerful performance. The content is heavy. Here’s what parents need to know in this Parents Guide to The Whale.

The Whale Parents Guide

The Whale Parents Guide

A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

Parents need to know that The Whale is a gut-wrenching story that may trigger some viewers. 

Age Rating: Why is The Whale Rated R? 

The Whale is Rated R for sexual content, drug use, and language which means some content is not suitable for kids under 17. 

Language: The Whale

There is a lot of profanity in The Whale including at least 25 uses of f*ck, many uses of sh*t, a**, b*tch, fa**ot, damn, hell and words of Deity like “oh my g-d,” Christ, and g-ddamn.

Mature Content: Is The Whale Kid Friendly?

Mature topics in The Whale include suicide, eating disorders, mental health, abandonment, and emotional abuse.

A man is shown masturbating to gay porn. You can see a character thrusting behind another character.

Characters are shown smoking cigarettes and pot as well as vaping. Another character is drugged. Teens are shown drinking alcohol.

A character is shown aggressively and violently eating and then vomiting. There is talk of death and rape.

The Whale Age Rating

Is The Whale Appropriate for Kids Under 17?

The Whale is just so heavy. It’s emotionally taxing, and I don’t know that it’s for all the right reasons. The Whale is not kid friendly and should probably be reserved for very mature older teens. 

We get it. Brendan Fraser’s character, Charlie, is fat and overweight. He’s living with a lot of regret and grief. This film will be triggering for many, but its intent is to create empathy. And there are certainly a lot of people who need to feel empathy with and for those living with or struggling with obesity. 

There are many stories that deserve to be told. However, watching Brendan Fraser in a fat suit felt uncomfortable and almost disrespectful to the narrative they were portraying. Why do we need to show that humans dislike or hate themselves to make other humans feel compassion? 

Both Fraser and Sadie Sink do give incredible and moving performances. Just don’t go watching The Whale if you want to leave the theater feeling uplifted. An emotional ride, but overall an underwhelming film. 

The Whale Ok for Teens

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