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Snakes on a Plane Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

… awesomest movie ever … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    58

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    More potent than anything in Snakes on a Plane is the fantasy offscreen: that if enough people talk up their desire to see this film and, at the same time, take an overt delight in what an unabashed piece of junk it is, they will fuse with the hype, with the movie's mystique. They will not just watch Snakes on a Plane; they will own it.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Cheesy, campy B-movie fun, thanks mostly to the cadre of cobras and their ilk and also to Jackson (probably the only actor alive who could pull off this save-the-day bad ass movie role).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Bloody B-movie spoof isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film isn't for kids. It features frequent jump scenes, with snakes falling or darting out of compartments or from under the camera frame. On-screen or implied deaths are frequent and bloody (man killed with baseball bat, shoot-out leaves bodies, many characters bitten by venomous snakes, producing swelling wounds and visible blood). A couple has sex in the bathroom (and also disable the smoke detector so they can smoke a joint), and are immediately killed by snakes. Infant and children are threatened by snakes; a little boy is bitten, producing gross wound from which a woman sucks the poison (leading to crude comment from observer, who also wants her to suck his hand). Characters chop and smash snakes. Characters use frequent bad language, especially "motherf----r."

  • Families can talk about the fear that planes generate. Why are snakes scary (and how are they exaggerated here to seem slithery, cold-eyed creatures)?
  • How does the film use clichés and stereotypes (the fat Asian woman, the selfish black rapper, the gay-seeming flight attendant, the noble female flight attendant, etc.)? Are they funny or offensive?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie doesn't make any effort to convey positive messages; it's all about shocking viewers with over-the-top action and comedy.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No one worth emulating here -- the villains are brutal, the victims are ignorant and killed crazily (to shock and entertain viewers), and the heroes are obnoxious. Plenty of stereotypical comments and jokes.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Frequent bloody violence that's graphic but obviously fake; villain kills prosecutor by smashing head with baseball bat (blood sprays on villain, victim off-screen); a scene with wild gunfire; on the plane, snakes bite ferociously, at various body parts (eye, penis, breast, neck, etc.), usually drawing blood; when a child is bitten, his swollen hand produces grotesque pus; characters die on screen, their bodies left in frame as "props" to indicate the snakes' ongoing threat; characters fight back with axe and fire extinguisher (to chop/smash snakes, and produce blood and gore).

  • sex false4

    Sex: Three Gs signs a fan's breast (and holds it); on the plane, a couple has sex in the bathroom, stripping off each other's shirts (close-ups show legs, the man's chest, and the woman's passionate face); seen from behind, a man pees ... and a snake jumps up to bite his penis; several references to masturbation and sex.

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of "f--k," in addition to multiple uses of other curse words -- including "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Red Bull.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A couple smokes a joint while having sex in bathroom; a woman drinks from a flask; a nervous flyer asks for a gin and tonic; hearing that the snakes are responding to pheromones sprayed in the plane, Flynn calls them "Snakes on crack."

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