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Piranha 3DD Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

The extra "D" stands for dull. Read full review

1.5

Grae Drake Profile

Carni-BOREs Read full review

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  • 2.0
    24

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    As sequels go, Piranha 3DD has barely enough heft to squeeze out 83 minutes of ho-hum entertainment, although it faithfully delivers plenty of menacing fish and bouncing boobs, as amply advertised.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The best part of Piranha 3DD, the pointless sequel to the utterly unnecessary 2010 remake of Piranha, is the credits. Not only do they signify that the film is finally, mercifully over, but they also allow for David Hasselhoff to sing the theme song to a new fake TV series called The Fish Hunter, a clever meta-gag that nods both to Baywatch and the Hoff's international recording success.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Leslie Felperin

    Ups the self-parody so much that it's practically a Wayans Brothers spoof, albeit with fewer jokes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Bloody, sexed-up sequel lacks predecessor's camp appeal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Piranha 3DD is a sequel to 2010's surprisingly successful (and entertaining, in a very over-the-top way) Piranha 3D, which was itself a remake of a 1978 movie. While this one unfortunately lacks whatever made the previous movie work, it's just as packed with strong violence, including lots of blood, severed limbs, and even a severed penis. It also features heavy nudity, sexual innuendo, and some sex. Language is also very strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as beer drinking and pot smoking. Older teens may be drawn to the movie for the promise of nudity implied in the title -- and it's available on demand. Parents, beware.

  • Families can talk about Piranha 3DD's violence. Is it intended to be entertaining or disturbing? Can it be both at once? Is that OK?
  • Is the movie scary? What's the difference between scary and bloody?
  • Many of the characters have perfect body types, except one young man who's teased for being too short. Can he still be a hero? What do the heroes of movies and TV shows typically look like? Why do you think that is?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Greed, corruption, and exploitation are punished in terrible ways, while good characters survive.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The female lead is an outspoken, fairly strong character, although in several scenes she requires rescuing by men.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Many scenes of bloody mayhem, with lots of scary piranha attacks and many gallons of blood, mostly shown swirling around in water. Viewers see severed limbs and heads, as well as bloody stumps and bloody skeletons, and even a bloody, severed penis. In a very disturbing scene, a piranha is shown sticking out of a fat man's naked bottom. One of the piranhas' victims is a young boy.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Many topless women are shown, mostly swimming or lounging around a pool. In one shot, a piranha attacks a topless woman's chest. There's a sex scene between a young man and a young woman, though very little is shown. The scene is fairly intense but is interrupted by a piranha attack. A man is shown pleasuring himself, involving a water jet, in a swimming pool (nothing explicit shown). Also heavy innuendo, flirting, foreplay, suggestive dancing, and gratuitous bikini shots.

  • language false4

    Language: Language is strong but not constant, and includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "p---y," "damn," "oh my God," "d--k," "hell," "vagina," "penis," "ass," "idiot," and "moron."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The young people in the movie -- who are presumably of legal drinking age -- are shown drinking beer and smoking pot in a few early scenes. A character takes a puff from a joint in a later scene as well (before using it to ignite an explosive).

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