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Mega Python vs. Gatoroid

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Two monsters + two '80s pop stars = one skippable movie.

Movie NR 2011 91 minutes
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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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