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Shark Night 3D [2011] [PG-13] - 5.7.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Several college friends go to an isolated lake house for a weekend to relax. When a shark attacks one of them, they must try to find a way to get help and make sure they don't encounter the shark again. With Sinqua Walls, Chris Carmack, Joel David Moore, Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Joel David Moore, Chris Zylka, Alyssa Diaz, Joshua Leonard and Tyler Bryan. Directed by David R. Ellis. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man poses fully nude in an art class and we see his bare shoulders, back, buttocks and legs while he winks at one of the female students. Two women dance and undress and the sides of their bare breasts are visible as they put on their bikini tops.
 A man and a woman wearing swimsuits (she's in a bikini that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs and he's in trunks and his bare chest is visible) splash in a lake, hug and kiss and he unties her swim suit top and throws it into the water (we see her bare back when she goes to retrieve it).
 A man with a gun forces a woman to undress to her "bra and panties" while he and another man watch and make crude remarks about her. A man watches two women in a bathroom over a security camera (we see one woman fastening her shorts after using the toilet and her bare abdomen is visible).
 A woman walks into water the camera focuses on her bikini-clad buttocks. The camera focuses on a woman's clothed buttocks as she walks. A man sprays his genitals with a squirt bottle (he pulls the waistband of his swim trunks). We see a woman being tattooed on the lower back. Many women are shown wearing bikinis that reveal cleavage, portions of bare buttocks, bare abdomens, bare legs, bare backs and shoulders. A woman wears fitness gear that reveals her cleavage and bare abdomen. Several women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders. A man removes his shirt and we see his bare chest and back.
 A man asks a woman to have sex with him on a pool float (she jokes and changes the subject). A man talks to another man about "tickling a woman's privates," that he should "see a woman naked," and that he's going to "have to get a woman drunk" to get anywhere with her. A man asks another man about his "eye humping" a woman. A woman talks about a man being "hot" and that he might be worth her attention (sexually). A man tries to dissuade a friend from becoming engaged and talks about all the strip clubs and groupies that he'll have when he is a professional football player. A woman talks about a man and that after being with him (presumably having sex) she had stains all over her clothes. A man tells another man "you're hung like a toddler." A woman talks about all the "little rich girls" taking diving lessons from a "hot." A man shines a light on a man and a woman's cleavage and says "how big?" (referring to a shark). A man tells another man [a model] "I had the pleasure of sketching your genitals in art class." A man makes a comment to a woman about having a "threesome" in the back of a car. A man talks about the "show me state."
 A man makes a suggestive gesture with his tongue. A man licks a woman's neck after nearly biting her.
 A woman kisses a man. A woman touches a man's hand and he caresses her face tenderly.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman is pushed into a lake, several small sharks surround and bite her, she screams, we hear crunching and she pulls them off, leaving bloody patches on her body; many more sharks bite her and she floats motionless in the water.
 A woman in a lake is grabbed by something that's under the surface (it is not shown), she screams and is thrashed back and forth as the water churns and turns red; she swims toward a floating dock, she is pulled off the ladder and back into the water, she is thrashed briefly, and is pulled under (we see the water turn red and she does not re-surface).
 A shark bumps the ski that a man is on causing him to fall in the water and when the boat comes back around to get him, they cannot find him until he is shown on the shore with one arm missing (we see a bloody stump as he collapses).
 A shark leaps out of water and snatches a rider off a jet ski (we se the man's head and torso go into the shark's mouth).
 A man ignites a puddle of spilled gasoline with a lighter and a man standing nearby catches fire and falls into water, where sharks are swimming; we see the man in flames and then pleading for help, and he is pulled under the water by a shark and the water turns red.
 Blood drips from a man's arm wound and seeps through a drain on a boat and into lake water causing a shark to chase the boat; the shark rams the boat causing a woman to fall off the back and into the water, she screams, she holds a life preserver and is pulled in the water until the shark attacks her and she disappears.
 A man on the back of a jet ski falls into a lake, a shark speeds toward him and attacks him, we see the man jerk forward when the shark attacks and the water around him turns red as he is pulled under the surface.
 A man carrying a spear walks into a lake, his arm is bleeding and blood drips into the water, a shark speeds toward him, he throws the spear and missies the shark, the shark attacks him and bites his leg, the man pounds on the shark with his fists, finds the spear and stabs the shark 2-3 times; we see the bloody carcass on the beach later and the man has a bandage on his leg.
 A man with a bleeding shoulder wound in a lake is chased by a shark, he climbs up a tree growing in the lake and the shark leaps out of the water and snatches him; we see him being thrashed briefly, he screams and is taken under water as it churns and turns red.
 A man is lashed to a shark cage and struggles to free himself as a shark approaches and attacks him (we see the water fill with blood). A woman is locked into a shark cage and lowered into the water, a bucket of blood is poured on her, and a shark breaks through the bars of the cage and is shot through the head before it reaches her (we see blood and matter floating in the water).
 A man retrieves a severed arm (we see it, and the blood and tissue at the stump) from a lake and is chased by a shark; the man climbs onto a ladder and the shark runs into the pier (no one is harmed).
 A man is tied to a chair next to water where there are several sharks swimming, another man cuts him on the leg (we see the bloody gash), the man is raised into the air and lowered into the water, and a shark spots the man and approaches as the man is raised out of the water.
 During the opening credits we see red-tinged water with sharks and people swimming, a shark bites a large piece of bait on a line and a shark is shown biting a diver's arm and thrashing (no blood is seen). We see a video of a shark attack and a woman thrashing in the water as it turns red. A man talks about "cookie cutter sharks" and we watch them biting and tearing pieces off two fish heads in the water.
 A man with a gun threatens another man, and then shoots him in the shoulder causing him to fall back off a boat and into water. A woman stabs a man in the chest and we see a spot of blood on his shirt. A man with a gun shoots a woman in the back with a tranquilizer dart.
 Two men fight on a boat and one is stabbed in the chest and falls into the water where he is presumably eaten by a shark; another man is punched and falls into the water. A man throws a dog in the water presumably to be eaten by a shark (we see the dog unharmed later).
 A boat runs over something in the water causing the steering and throttle to malfunction; the three people onboard jump off before the boat crashes into a dock and bursts into flames (pieces of wood are thrown through the air but no one is harmed).
 We see a wounded man with a very bloody arm wound and many blood-soaked towels next to him. A man with a cleaver hacks a large fish and we see blood on the fish and the table around it. A woman cleans the blood off a man's hands. A man is shown with a large, jagged scar on his face. A man is shown with sharp front teeth and he is seen filing them in one scene.
 A man with a gun threatens a woman and forces her to take off her clothes down to her "bra and panties." A man with a gun threatens another man that takes it and points it at him and says, "Bang." A woman with a gun threatens a man that takes the gun and points it at her. A man grabs a woman around the neck and is about to bite her (his teeth are sharpened to points) but is stopped by another man and licks her neck instead. A woman with a knife moves toward a man and is grabbed by another man before stabbing him (she bites his hand and gets away). A man touches a woman's face with a large knife blade. After a confrontation a man shoves another man against a truck and when another man gets involved they nearly fight. A woman yells at another woman and shoves her. A man barges through a door, yells at a man inside the room and he looks frightened.
 A man talks about having made a "blood smoothie" out of a woman. A man talks about another man's head being torn off by a shark while others watch. A man tells another man that his girlfriend is dead and the man yells. A man makes numerous racial remarks to an African-American man and a Latino woman about "letting the help sit in the front," "we could use some vacuuming on our yacht" and "I could give you English lessons in the back of my truck." A woman talks about nearly drowning in a diving accident and that she cut a man's face open with the propeller of her boat after she surfaced. A man accuses another man of "PMSing."
 A man demonstrates a gun that can be used to kill a shark (it blows a hole in a padded bumper). A man shoots a gun in the air to attract help.
 A man collapses after being drugged. A woman in a boat speeds while being chased by a police boat causing the passengers on her boat to become nervous (it turns out to be a game).
 A woman pulls down her shorts and sits on a toilet (we see her bare abdomen and do not hear any sounds). A woman spits out water after a man performs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words (one mouthed under water), 5 sexual remarks, 1 sexual hand gesture, 1 obscene hand gesture, 15 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, we see the word "expletive" painted on a piece of furniture, name-calling (bony, scar face, hopeless, "mamasita," loser, sick, swamp thing, cup cake, freak, tattooed chick), exclamations (shut up, poned), 2 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman makes a comment about another woman taking a Xanax, a man is drugged, and a woman is shot in the back with a tranquilizer dart and falls to the floor unconscious. A sheriff is shown downing a can of beer, a man drinks a beer, several people toast with beer cans and bottles (they are not shown drinking), a man introduces himself as an alcoholic, and a man says that another man has "had too many today."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Shark attacks, diving accidents, guilt, moral relativism, insane people.

MESSAGE - Stay out of the water and never vacation in a place that doesn't have cell phone service.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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