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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Despite everything, the movie has a pro-environmental angle, with one character attempting to protect the wildlife; in the end, an estuary is established.
Positive Role Models
Characters who previously disagreed team up to work together to solve a big problem. The women characters are in positions of intelligence and authority, even though they sometimes behave in childish (and not-so-intelligent) ways. They're actually the driving force of the movie, taking leadership roles and going up against impossible odds.
Violence & Scariness
In more than a few scenes, giant snakes and/or gators devour innocent victims with huge, single bites. There's some blood and some screaming, plus body parts and severed heads, but the special effects are fairly awful, so none of it is very convincing. Some local hunters carry and fire guns fairly often -- creatures are shot, and viewers see little splashes of blood -- and one character slices up a snake with a knife. Snakes and gators attack and kill each other, and in one scene, a dog is killed (off screen). There are also explosions and a helicopter crash.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo (a snake-related joke about penis size), and a woman kisses her fiancé. In the climactic scene, the women wear somewhat revealing dresses.
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The women call each other "bitch" at least half a dozen times. Otherwise, language is light and includes a few uses of "hell," "damn it," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the local hunters are seen swilling beer from cans while they're out hunting, and one cracks open a beer and drinks to his fallen buddy in a comical way. A hunter drinks from a flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this creature feature -- one in a series of successful TV movies made for the Syfy Channel -- contains a good deal of monster violence, with blood and body parts, although the special effects are quite terrible and the scenes often fail to convince (or frighten). Language is mild, though the women call each other "bitch" at least half a dozen times, and there's some mild sexual innuendo and drinking. Even if teens enjoyed the other monster movies in this series, this one is far too awful even to be a "so-bad-it's-good" guilty pleasure. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Almost every aspect of this movie is atrocious, from the sloppy visual effects to the lame jokes and lackadaisical logic. The main selling point of this entry in the Syfy Channel's monster hybrid series (previous films include Sharktopus and Dinocroc vs. Supergator) is the teaming of two 1980s pop music icons, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany (the movie includes a new song from each), as well as a female director from the era. But even though Mary Lambert is a 20-year veteran -- having made the successful Pet Sematary (1989), among many other movies and TV shows -- she comes across as a rank amateur here.
Yes, it's refreshing to see two 40-something women as the lead characters in a movie, especially since they're painted in strokes of gray: neither is the hero or the villain. But the actresses are forced through some absurd situations, from pie fights to a sequence in which Terry feeds steroid-filled chickens to the alligators. The other monster movies in the Syfy series could possibly be viewed as "so bad they're good" classics, but MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID too often calls attention to its own badness, which prevents an audience from doing the same. Skip this creature feature.
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