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Final Destination 3

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

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No good role models.

Violence

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

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

Slurpees.

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?

QUALITY

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

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Adult Written byJustinC 1 February 2, 2016

AT LEAST age 18. Horrific, disturbing torture scene.

There's a very horrific, disturbing torture scene in this movie (see slight spoiler below if you like) that very much disturbed me even in my late 20s watching the edited-for-TV version. And I've seen MANY horror movies with no ill effects. "Saw" 1 and 2 didn't bother me at all, for example. Warning, slight spoiler: People get burned alive during a lengthy scene while screaming in agony, and we see close-up details of their flesh and faces bubbling and burning away
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written bybscroggs April 9, 2008
Adult Written bywonder dove May 22, 2012

Just...bad.

I really disliked this movie. I own the whole Final Destination Trilogy and the 3rd one is the worst by far. I found it super boring, the deaths were lame and the whole story was just uninteresting. I tried to watch this twice, the first time I watched the whole thing surprisingly and the second time after 15-20 min into it, it's utterly boring, barely anything happens at all, it's all just talking and figuring things out between characters. The only real fun part to this film was the beginning (roller coaster scene) and the tanning bed death scene - totally not worth purchasing. There's no sex...so I don't know why it's rated strongly by CommonSense. Just some flirting and also nudity while tanning. Very tame movie for a horror!
What other families should know
Too much violence