The Blue Lagoon
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This 1980 version of the oft-filmed Henry Devere Stackpoole novel The Blue Lagoon was the first to be stamped with an "R" rating. The basic story remains unchanged. Two very small children, a boy and a girl, are shipwrecked on a lush tropical island. They are cared for by fellow castaway Leo McKern. When he dies, the kids, played with a minimum of clothing by Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, have no one but each other. When they grow into teen-hood, they also fall madly in love. Heavily reshaped and reedited before its release, The Blue Lagoon's principal attribute is the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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"Their romance is enhanced by Nestor Almendros' exquisite photography (and Basil Poledouris' score), as is the stunning beauty of the Fiji island where it was filmed."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[It] has a nonsensical glaze that contributes to the inadvertent merriment."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Ugh! Ah! Make it stop!!!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The only thing blue about the movie is the sea, and the way you'll feel after wasting your time on this dose of 'tasteful', TV commercial-style, nudity."
‑ , Time Out
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's pornography for people who like to go to book burnings; a sex fantasy as chaste as your 3rd grade piano teacher."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"The Blue Lagoon is the dumbest movie of the year."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"At a little over 100 minutes, the film feels as if huge chunks of it were edited out for pace; however, the wrong chunks have been cut."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"You can focus on the gorgeous locales or the underage skin. Or you could just watch a much better movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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