Shark Night 3D Gets a Toothless Rating

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Listen closely, kids. Hear that? Shhh! Pay attention now. There? Hear it? That was the sound of all of our hopes and aspirations for Shark Night 3D sinking like a lead balloon. The MPAA rating is in. and it’s about as hard to digest as that damned license plate in Jaws.

David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material. It was rumored that the studio was aiming for that rating, but to see it come to fruition is definitely disheartening. Don’t get us wrong; there are plenty of good PG-13 rated horror films out there, but this is a shark attack flick! Biting and blood is just about a given!

Sigh. In any event look for the film in theatres on September 2nd.

Relativity Media’s Shark Night 3D is directed by Ellis (Snakes on a Plane, Final Destination 2, The Final Destination) and stars Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie, Last House on the Left), Dustin Milligan (“90210,” Slither), Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”), Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet) and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny).

Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast.

But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.

Shark Night 3D Gets a Toothless Rating

Shark Night 3D Gets a Toothless Rating

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  • LSD Zombie

    What the fuck?! Well, there goes my hopes that this would be a Piranha 3D-type experience.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Well JAWS got the PG rating when the PG13 didn’t exist; that was also at a different time. It has since been re-rated as R.

    The PG13 -> R boundary has certainly blurred in recent years; when I saw SUPER 8 there was some shots in that film I thought if they went on for a little bit longer it’d catch a R, plus of course all the language. Or with PIRATES 4, DARK KNIGHT…some films have been able to get away with quite a bit with the PG13.

    However the trailer, poster, everything angles for a hard R film. Then again the R isn’t really a stamp of quality, just as many bad R films as PG13s.

    Disappointed yes, but will check it out; might be scarier without blood/gore.

    • will graham

      Last I saw Jaws was given a 12a (no one under the age of 12 unless with an adult) in the uk, but was pg for so long. i am glad it’s got a higher rating as it’s far more likely to scare and psychologlicly (or however the hell you spell it) damage a child than the likes of say Ghoulies 2.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Jaws = Spielberg in his prime.

        Shark Night 3D = Ellis. Last movie, The Final Destination.

        Any questions?

        • theGoldenSimatar

          True True, which makes it all the more baffling as why they have a PG13 film with ‘From the Director of The Final Destination’ plastered on it. For the mostly brain dead general audience; I think even they would be a little confounded.

      • Vanvance1

        I don’t honestly believe that children will be ‘psychologically damaged’ by a movie.

        We live in a day and age where all the corners are padded and all the edges are filed off. Potecting children from fictional bad things has become more than a little over the top.

        • will graham

          You never heard of people being afraid of swimming in the sea after watching Jaws?

  • will graham

    I can’t believe Jaws got a pg rating, seeing a 10 year old boy trying to scream under water with blood flowing up around him as he gets eaten by an unseen creature is easily more horrific and terrifying than what is seen in many r rated films.

    Hey this might be good, unlikely but who knows, bring on the partial nudity!