MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -2

The spectacular film WATERWORLD will refresh like a cool breeze this hot summer. In a futuristic setting, the polar ice caps have melted and water covers the earth. Earth's inhabitants have adapted to life in a new world and dream of a mythical place called Dryland. Civilization no longer exists. Humanity has been left adrift on strangely configured man-made islands called Atolls which are constantly threatened by Smokers, who are bands of pirates roaming Waterworld. The Atollers' one hope is a man known as the Mariner (Kevin Costner), part fish with web-like feet and an ability to stay underwater for long periods of time. Battling the Smokers and their ruthless leader, the Deacon (Dennis Hopper), the Mariner sets out with Helen (Jean Tripplehorn) and a mysterious little girl, Enola (Tina Majorino), on a search for Dryland and a new beginning. The $175 million movie fans have waited for with bated breath delivers spectacular sets, magnificent scenery and unparalleled special effects.

Unfortunately, the almost continuous violence in graphic stabbings and shootings takes away from the film's beauty. Some Christian-bashing is in evidence in the evil leader's name "Deacon" and also in his dialogue calling Enola their "way of salvation." A few obscenities and always gratuitous regular profanities are spoken. The sexual content includes a woman asking a man to seduce her, and though he refuses, it is implied that he later accepts her offer. Another time a man barters for sex. Complete rear female nudity occurs in one of these scenes. Despite these offensive elements and the lack of emotional warmth, some compensation comes as the Mariner's initial indifference to Enola develops into a loving relationship. While WATERWORLD offers adrenalin-drenching moments and a definite escape from a dreary summer, it has just enough offensive material to earn a negative acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Bonnie C. Harvey, Ph.D.
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal Blvd., Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 3, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Several (9) times (s-word 5, f-word 1, other 3)

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 3 (G-d)

Violence: Incessant - Moderate and Severe (massive attacks, brutality and bloody carnage, hand-to-hand combat in stabbings and shootings; flaming arrows shown killing humans; ships and Atoll burned)

Sex: None but implied twice (once with female rear nudity)

Nudity: Once (rear female); Near nudity few times (low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (woman asks man to seduce her; man barters for sex)

Drugs: Few times (some whiskey drinking, and some smoking)

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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