Final Destination 3



More blood, less invention. Not for kids.
  • Review Date: July 24, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No good role models.


Frequent and complicated means of death; heads smashed (revealing brains and splatting blood), bodies dismembered and penetrated.


Early obnoxious flirtations; character takes digital photo up a girl's skirt; mostly naked girls cooked in tanning tubes.


Frequent use of the f-word, as well as slang for genitals, "ass" and "damn."



Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One joking reference to drugs ("Are you on crack?").

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film isn't for young viewers. It's comprised of essentially nonstop violence against teenagers, usually staged in tense or jump scenes. Blood and gore are shown frequently and copiously. Two girls strip and show their breasts full-on before entering tanning tubes. One boy flirts aggressively, using sexual slang. A frightened horse runs through a crowd, accidentally dragging a girl. One girl gives her sister the finger. Lots of scary music and occasional loud noises.

What's the story?

Like its predecessors, FINAL DESTINATION 3 delivers plenty of yucky death scenes and occasionally startling violence. As per the formula, death stalks a group of teens who somehow elude it in the opening catastrophe -- a roller coaster ride that goes terribly wrong. They're saved by Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who sees a vision of the disaster before it happens. Wendy's boyfriend stays on the ride, to meet his demise. Wendy discovers death's plan, and tries to warn her fellow survivors. Her photos from that fateful night hold clues about each victim's death. Violent and gross, these deaths mostly take place in front of Wendy and her confidant Kevin (Ryan Merriman), despite their warnings. Only the first death scene takes place without witnesses: The interchangeable Ashley (Chelan Simmons) and Ashlynn (Crystal Lowe) who strip to get inside tanning beds, then essentially cook to death when the units overheat and they're accidentally locked in.

Is it any good?


As death stalks the victims, Final Destination 3 encourages viewers to take pleasure in the mechanisms and the lunacy of the means: heads are smashed and nail-gunned, bodies are cut in half and crushed. Because the victims behave badly -- ignoring Wendy's warning or being rude or stupid -- you're not asked to invest in them emotionally.

But you do invest, if only because of formula, in Wendy, who tries so hard to save her classmates. "Can you feel how vicious it was?" she asks following one death, suggesting that death is being sadistic. The film asks you to take her perspective, but because it's the third time with all the gory tricks and tensions, the effects aren't so unexpected. So there's the question: When does pleasure in death effects become routine?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the absence of parents in this movie: Only two even appear, at a funeral and in the background another shot, waiting at school. Why are these kids so alone as they deal with their friends' deaths? They could also talk about why horror movies are so popular, especially with teens.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 10, 2006
DVD release date:July 25, 2006
Cast:Kris Lemche, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman
Director:James Wong
Studio:New Line
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:for strong horror violence/gore, language and some nudity.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byBoti95 June 28, 2010
This movie is kinda vilolent. The girls being cooked in the tanning bed is pretty harsh. They show thier breast and then thier skin gets churned. The others deaths are kind of violent too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 8 years old August 9, 2009


its too violent and has many nudity and sex references
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old November 22, 2011

final destination 3 is better then the 2nd one

This movie is better then the 2nd one, This one is about a girl who gets a prediction of the roller coaster crashing gets off of it survives and tries to get out of deaths way. This movie is really good this movie aint scary ecept one scene where hot girls get cooked in the tanning bed. Buy this movie on DVD or blu-ray
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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