A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's set-up centers on a well-meaning teen's attempt to reconnect with her estranged step-sister, which sets off a series of murders. Save for Skye's naive faith in Alex and the sub-theme about taking second chances to change the course of your life, there aren't any real positive messages in this story.
Positive Role Models
Knowing Skye's family history (she killed her serial killer dad after his murderous rampage in My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2) makes you view her with a lot of sympathy and admire the fact that she's holding it together, moving on with her life, and, when presented with the opportunity, has a hard time killing even in self-defense. Her new friend Sienna comes across as a likable girl-next-door, but the rest of the teens are either fatally clueless or mentally unstable.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody murder scenes involve stabbings, bludgeoning, death by nail gun, a splayed abdomen with organs falling out into the victim's hands, and slit throats. Violence is graphic and disturbing, with blood spurting from wounds and pooling on the floor under bodies. Guns are used in a few scenes, though they're not used in the murders.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some making out between teens and implied sexuality (a guy encourages his girlfriend to have virtual sex via Skype, for instance), as well as references to genitalia like "grab your balls."
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"Damn," "bitch," "ass," "suck," "hell," and "p---y" are audible. "S--t" is muted.
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Products & Purchases
A few visuals of brand icons like Apple, and references to others like Skype.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's not central to the story, but there are several instances of teens drinking alcohol (mixed drinks, beer) and talking about getting "laced," or high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the third installment in the My Super Psycho Sweet 16 movie series is just as gory as its two predecessors. Teens are sliced and diced, bludgeoned, and impaled by nail guns. Often their injuries aren't immediately fatal, so you'll see some near-death victims stumbling around, gasping for breath, choking on their own blood, and holding their exposed internal organs. Obviously there's the gross-out factor to be considered, plus plenty of frightening moments that get your heart rate going. Bottom line? There's little of value in this story, especially if your teens aren't already familiar with the characters' history. If thrills and chills are their thing, there are plenty of better choices to fill that need. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The violence is gratuitous and far-reaching, there's some underage drinking, and the plot is thin and predictable. Anyone who's seen the previous two movies knows what comes of ill-fated Sweet 16 parties among this crowd.
To be fair, horror films aren't expected to offer a stellar plot or top-notch acting, and teen-geared horror films rarely attempt to meet any kind of industry standard. In that respect, this third installment in a story based on a subpar reality series makes the grade. There's a distinctively sexy nature to the movie, both in physical contact that implies sex between teens and in how Alex uses her appeal to manipulate her admirer's actions. What's more, the movie spends very little time getting newcomers up to speed on the characters' background, which makes some of the story's more intricate aspects unnecessarily confusing.
If there's anything positive to be gleaned from the story, it lies in Skye's inexplicable aptitude for overcoming the compounding tragedies of her life. It's certainly not relatable to viewers on a similar scale to Skye's, but there's something to be said for her determination to put the past behind her and make something of herself. This is a very minor consolation prize for enduring the tragedy that is this movie, but at least it makes for a modest silver lining.
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