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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is mainly about aggression and revenge. Revenge is the goal, far more so than protecting others from future shark threats.
Positive Role Models
Harlan is a "take the law into your own hands" type, fuming that the police aren't doing enough; the movie celebrates that. Jessie is brokenhearted and glum but leaps into action whenever her skills as a nurse are required. She's never very emotional (she doesn't seem to mourn her friends) but is grimly ready to help destroy the shark.
The group of seven friends consists of five women (one is Black, one presents as being of Asian descent) and two White men. The other most prominent characters are White men, except a sheriff, who's played by a Native American actor. A few other characters of color are seen in small roles or in background.
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Violence & Scariness
Many shark attacks, with sharks chomping and chewing and gallons of blood spilling into the water. Chomped-off hand. Chomped-off leg, spurting blood. Painfully applying tourniquet. Gory wounds. Rifle and shooting. Character accidentally stabs own hand with big knife, bloody wound. Dialogue: "I would have killed myself."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman who goes skinny-dipping pulls off her underpants (out of frame) but leaves top on. Brief kissing. Male characters shirtless, women in bikinis. Innuendo ("hide the sausage," etc.).
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Strong, fairly frequent language includes "f--k" and "f---ing," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "oh my God," "swear to God," "bitch," "ass," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, characters holding red cups and/or beers. Drinking from flask. A character mentions "getting more wine." Characters appear to be hung over in the morning.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Maneater is an awkward, cheap-looking killer shark movie in which a great white attacks tourists in Maui for no particular reason. Although the visual effects are awful, there's still a lot of blood swirling in the water, plus violent shark attacks, a chomped-off hand, a chomped-off leg, gory wounds, blood spurts, and rifle shooting. Language is also strong, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "oh my God," and more. There's suggested drinking, with characters holding red plastic cups and beers. Characters may be hung over in the morning, and a character swigs from a flask. A woman who goes skinny-dipping pulls off her underwear (off camera) but leaves her top on. Shirtless men and women in bikinis are visible throughout; there's also brief kissing and innuendo. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you want to know just how bad this bloody, cheap-looking, overly talky shark-attack movie really is, here's a clue: It borrows an idea from Jaws: The Revenge, another abysmally bad shark movie. Maneater seems somehow to have been inspired by the eye-rolling story of that infamous 1980s flop -- i.e., that a cold water shark would somehow find its way to warm waters, not for food, but just to kill. (For the record, Maneater also undeservingly paraphrases a famous line from the 1975 original.) Aside from a flashback showing the first gory killing, this movie takes a while to get going, spending long moments on awkward, time-killing dialogue, all of which sounds like elevator small talk.
Even though the friends came to "party" (whoo!), their partying consists of quietly sitting in circles, sipping drinks, and chatting. Not even a likable actor like Shane West can do much with this stuff. When the attacks finally start coming, close-ups of the shark don't seem to match shots of the humans, and the digital effects are so bad that they appear unfinished. Maneater tries to make up for these shortcomings with scene after scene of gallons of blood swirling in the water. But the attacks also lack suspense, occurring quickly -- sometimes one on top of another -- with no buildup. And they're just dumb. Not one, but two characters are killed because they get tangled in lengths of rope! If shark fans are going to scrape the bottom of the chum bucket, even Sharknado 3 is a better choice than this.
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